Business urges governments to look to the long-term


The Business Council of Australia (BCA), along with several other peak business, industry and welfare groups, is planning to launch a campaigning to convince politicians from all sides to govern for the long-term good.

As The Australian Financial Review reports, BCA president Tony Shepherd will tell the National Press Club today that all governments from federal to local need to start looking ahead further than the “next six months”.

Shepherd’s address will kick off a television and newspaper advertising campaign on the theme.

According to The Australian Financial Review, Shepherds address will focus on nine policy areas which are seen a key – tax, regulation, infrastructure planning, the federation, energy, innovation, education, foreign investment, and the financial system’s strength.

Furthermore, the campaign will set out a wish list of performance goals, including Australia being in the top five countries in respect of income per capita and the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness index; for more than 90 per cent of young Australians to complete Year 12 or equivalent; for all Australians to have access to a world-class health system; and to tackle entrenched ­disadvantage and close opportunity gaps between indigenous and other Australians.

Those attending the launch will include representatives from the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Minerals Council of Australia, the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, the Australian Council of Social Service, and GenerationOne, a movement set up to help end indigenous disadvantage.

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