Australia has long been considered one of the most liveable countries in the world. Australians tell us their country is a great place to live and to run a business.
But there’s fear about what the future holds. Will we continue to enjoy the same social and economic fortunes to which we’ve become accustomed?
Pressing issues facing Australia include the impacts of a growing and ageing population, which has ramifications for our infrastructure, our health and education systems, and the supply of affordable housing. And climate change threatens our environmental amenity.
While we might be willing to acknowledge these challenges, as a country we have largely proved unwilling to embrace optimal responses to them. Remarkably, we seem almost disinterested in making the most of the opportunities they present.
For some time now, Australia’s governments and businesses have been talking past one another, or worse. It’s time both committed to an informed, serious dialogue about the nation’s future.
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A National Australia Bank insight