Good 360
NEWS  | 

A Just and Sustainable Australia – the Report

Wednesday, 12th December 2001 at 12:12 pm
Staff Reporter
A major new analysis of the Australian way of life has found there is a “crisis of faith” in the processes of democracy in Australian society today.

Wednesday, 12th December 2001
at 12:12 pm
Staff Reporter



A Just and Sustainable Australia – the Report
Wednesday, 12th December 2001 at 12:12 pm

A major new analysis of the Australian way of life has found there is a “crisis of faith” in the processes of democracy in Australian society today.

The analysis says it’s been brought about mainly by the rapid social, cultural and economic changes Australians have witnessed over the past 20 years.

While Pro Bono Australia readers have been discussing the issue of a Peak Body for the Third Sector, a grouping of peak national community organisations, called the “Australian Collaboration” has produced the analysis called “A Just and Sustainable Australia”.

It is principally authored by Professor David Yencken, the former chairman of the Australian Heritage Commission, and draws on the experience, research and concerns of the collaboration partners over 12 months.

Professor Yencken says it shows that for many Australians the kind of growth they have experienced has been one or more of the forms of ‘damaged growth’ identified in a recent UN Human Development report including:

 Growth that does not translate into jobs
 Growth that is not matched by the spread of democracy
 Growth that damages cultural identity
 Growth that despoils the environment
 Growth where most of the benefits are claimed by the rich.

The report argues that tackling these negative aspects of growth demands many new approaches. Overall, the report provides a blueprint for a fairer and more sustainable society.

It offers 20 detailed recommendations for a better foundation for continued economic growth and wellbeing.

The recommendations are aimed at a fairer distribution of wealth – closing the gap between rich and poor (for example introducing stronger measures to curb income tax avoidance by high income earners), serious attempts to tackle environmental problems and ways of strengthening our democratic institutions and the protection of our fundamental freedoms.

The report was released during the Federal Election campaign but was not aimed at any one political party and the Collaboration Group briefed all the major party leaders of its findings. International issues however pushed its findings into the shadows during the campaign.

Professor Yencken says the Collaboration is now seeking the support of all parties in advancing the recommendations.

The Collaboration is made up of Australia’s largest national community organisations: the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, the Australian Consumers Association, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, the National Council of Churches in Australia, the Australian Council for Overseas Aid and the Australian Council of Social Service.

If you would like to purchase a copy of “A Just and Sustainable Australia” for $29.95 plus postage and handling, contact The Australian Collaboration at The Trust for Young Australians on (03) 9645 7977 or check out their web site at


HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....


Helping the helpers fund their mission…...

FrontStream Pty Ltd (FrontStream AsiaPacific)

More Suppliers

Tags : Reports,

Get more stories like this



ASX Sustainability Reporting ‘Very Disappointing’

Staff Reporter

Wednesday, 15th May 2013 at 9:57 am

Good Charities Spend More – Report

Staff Reporter

Tuesday, 7th May 2013 at 10:11 am

Impact Investors ‘In the Dark’ on Impact – Report

Staff Reporter

Wednesday, 1st May 2013 at 10:39 am

Global Social Progress Index

Staff Reporter

Wednesday, 1st May 2013 at 10:26 am


Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th November 2017 at 2:28 pm

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael

Monday, 13th November 2017 at 5:25 pm

Adelaide at the Vanguard of Ending Street Homelessness Globally

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 21st November 2017 at 8:43 am

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Good 360
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!