Australia can be a better, fairer place after the coronavirus, if we’re willing to fight for it
Here is part of what Lenore Taylor points to in her article:
“Labor’s treasury spokesman, Jim Chalmers, looked to the postwar experience to argue for a new post-crisis social contract, focused on employment.
“When Curtin established the Department of Post War Reconstruction it was almost Christmas in 1942, and when Chifley was made minister by the start of 1943, most of Europe was still occupied by the Nazis and Japanese bombs were still falling on northern Australia.
“Those two Labor leaders knew that if Australia was to prosper after the war it needed to rewrite the social contract during the war, and to be meaningful, full employment needed to be at the core of it.”
The economist Mariana Mazucatto argues the crisis is an opportunity to work out how to do capitalism differently.
“This requires a rethink of what governments are for: rather than simply fixing market failures when they arise, they should move towards actively shaping and creating markets that deliver sustainable and inclusive growth,” she said, in arguments that have been backed by the Pope.”
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- Lenore Taylor is the editor of Guardian Australia
Some of the commentators mentioned in this piece have participated in a daily lunchtime briefing on ideas for Australia’s future after the crisis. The program can be found at www.australiaathome.com.au
I reckon we cannot, just cannot go back to where we were. Environmental sustainability definitely has to be considered by governments all over the world after this crisis with the coronavirus. And we cannot, just cannot afford to leave people without any work. To my mind there is some work to do for every healthy person on this planet! In a caring society the sick, disabled or elderly people ought to be cared for!
We must not forget how important environmental sustainability is for the future of mankind!
When you go to the above link you find the following:
“The environmental challenges facing the world are growing in scale and complexity. These include climate change; an emerging global crisis in water availability and water pollution; record loss of biodiversity and long-term damage to ecosystems; pollution of the atmosphere; waste production and disposal; impacts of chemicals use and toxic substance disposal; damaged aquatic ecosystems; deforestation and land degradation; and achieving the critical goal of poverty eradication in an increasingly natural resource-constrained world.
Businesses have a critical role to play in addressing these challenges, with a responsibility to minimise their own environmental impact, and an opportunity to explore how they can have a net positive impact.
Principles 7, 8 and 9 of the UN Global Compact relate to environmental sustainability. The UN Global Compact’s Environmental Stewardship Strategy presents an integrative approach to manage a range of key environment issues, and is designed to help companies develop a comprehensive environmental strategy.”
Key resources are available here