Stakeholders discuss ‘public goods’ deficit
CPD’s Christopher Stone joined the discussion between unions, academics, community organisations and other interested members of the community who were invited to attend a Community Conversation on the Role of Government, organised by the ACTU Organising Centre.
Speakers included: Dr John Buchanan (University of Sydney), Professor John Quiggin (University of Queensland and CPD fellow), Cassandra Goldie, (ACOSS), Karen Batt (CPSU – SPSF), Nadine Flood (CPSU and CPD Board), and Ged Kearney (ACTU).
The event resulted in an an excellent discussion document, which recognised that:Role of government from community conversation 15 April 2014 – FINAL
“Government is the chief means by which people come together to achieve what they cannot achieve individually, for the collective good… The truly serious deficit confronting Australia is a ‘public goods’ deficit, and unless we address the issue of revenue, this deficit will worsen…”
Next steps for the group include plans to re-convene regularly for further discussion.