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PM Kevin Rudd calls National Summit

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PM Kevin Rudd calls National Summit

Post by shammy on Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:47 pm

February 3, 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called a super talkfest to find answers to what he describes as the 10 critical problems facing the nation.

One thousand people will be invited to Parliament House for a weekend summit in late April, where "the best and brightest" will look for answers across a wide range of areas, including the skills crisis and national security.

"It's time for the nation to come together, to bring forth all of our ideas, talents and energies to deal with this nation's long-term challenges," Mr Rudd today told reporters in Canberra.

He described the summit as a chance to "shake the tree" and see what suggestions fall to the ground.

The Labor leader promised the summit, to be known as Australia 2020, would not be "a talkfest for the sake of a talkfest".

Mr Rudd said his motivation for calling the summit was the shortsightedness created by the three-year electoral cycle.

"The problem in the past has been that previous governments have been partly short-sighted in their approach to these long-term challenges which are there staring us in the face."

The areas to be discussed are the economy, economic infrastructure, sustainability, rural industry, health, social inclusion, indigenous people and services, the arts, governance and national security.


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