Special E-Mail News No. 322
Few Australians will have missed the announcement by the Prime Minister
about the Australia 2020 Summit, to be held 19-20 April 2008 in
Australia 2020 Summit
One thousand invited individuals will participate in the Summit, which is
structured around 10 'critical areas' identified by the new Federal
1. Future directions for the Australian economy - including education,
skills, training, science and innovation as part of the nation's
2. Economic infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of our
3. Population, sustainability, climate change and water
4. Future directions for rural industries and rural communities
5. A long-term national health strategy - including the challenges of
preventative health, workforce planning and the ageing population
6. Strengthening communities, supporting families and social
7. Options for the future of Indigenous Australia
8. Towards a creative Australia: the future of the arts, film and
9. The future of Australian governance: renewed democracy, a more open
government (including the role of the media), the structure of Federation
and the rights and responsibilities of citizens
10. Australia's future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing
region and world.
Although none of these issues seems to focus specifically on Australia's
heritage, our interests, expertise and ideas are very relevant to many of
the questions being posed. Australia ICOMOS, and other cultural heritage
NGOs have written to the Minister about this, urging the Government to
ensure that heritage interests and ideas are included in the Summit.
The Summit is aimed at individual participation, rather than
representation from organisations, and there is a straightforward process
for individuals to nominate themselves. The Australia ICOMOS Executive
Committee encourages members to nominate for the Summit, particularly if
they feel that they can promote the relevance of heritage in these
specific aspects of public policy, and have ideas to contribute that can
be clearly linked to the selected topics.
Note that the deadline to submit delegate nomination forms
is cob Monday, 25 February. So, if this interests you, you
will need to act quickly!
There is also an opportunity to make written submissions to
the Summit. These must be 500 words or less per topic, and must be
submitted by cob 9 April 2008. Have a look at
http://www.australia2020.gov.au/submissions/index.cfm for further
information and a form for making submissions. All submissions will be
publicly accessible on the website for the Summit.
There is an Australia 2020 website with information about the Summit
process and some preliminary explanations about the topics, etc at
http://www.australia2020.gov.au/. The nomination form is available at
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