Mini Summit Encouraging – NFP Sector
Thursday, 1st October 2015 at 5:16 pm
Welfare peak body ACOSS has described the Prime Minister’s mini economic summit in Canberra as encouraging and the start of a major discussion with the public.
“We don't agree on revenue such as the GDP ratio but we do agree on the need to replace inefficient taxes like stamp duty,” ACOSS CEO, Cassandra Goldie, said after the Summit.
She said the summit group has reaffirmed again today that nothing is off the table, despite differences of views on some issues.
— ACOSS (@ACOSS) October 1, 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hosted business, union and community leaders for a mini summit in Canberra on the economy, including welfare peak body ACOSS.
The Prime Minister held the meeting after declaring the national reform summit held in August was “a rare opportunity to achieve consensus on the most pressing economic and social reform issues” facing Australia.
“I want to build on the key priorities of the summit and work towards a practical set of reforms that will help to create jobs, drive innovation and stimulate growth,” Turnbull said.
Attending the Canberra mini summit on Thursday was Business Council of Australia President, Catherine Livingstone, and CEO Jennifer Westacott, Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary, Dave Oliver, Australian Council of Social Services CEO Cassandra Goldie, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Kate Carnell, Australian Industry Group CEO, Innes Willox, and Australian Youth Affairs Coalition National Director, Leo Fieldgrass.
Federal Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos said after the mini summit that there was a positive response from all the stakeholders.
“What we are looking for is outcomes in the national interest not deals done behind closed doors,” Sinodinos said.
He said the Prime Minister will go back to the groups and engage the State and Territories on the issues raised and policies around innovation might be released before Christmas but most would be in the context of the next budget.