Shucks, we missed it

Is the Australian taxpayer paying for this drivel?  And don’t you think the 20 thing is being overdone?  G20, C20, Y20, B20 … please make it stop.

It reminds of the spin doctors who thought MY was the way forward for the RGR government – My School, My University, My Hospital, My Super and on it went.

And as for this C20 sludge, it even tells lies in its introductory blurb, including the proposition that inequality across  countries has increased.  Tell that to the billions who have been dragged out of poverty.

And what is this inclusive growth tosh?  And check out some of the speakers.

Civil Society representatives gather to influence G20 Agenda

June 20, 2014

Representatives from around the world will converge on Melbourne over the next two days (20 & 21 June) to finalise the important issues civil society wants to see on the G20 agenda when it meets in Brisbane in November.

Speaking at the Summit launch, Chair of the C20 Steering Committee Tim Costello said, “In a world where we are seeing increasingly inequality, the C20’s primary aim is to ensure the most vulnerable in our society do not get left behind.”

The C20 Summit will cement policy recommendations around the broad theme of inclusive, sustainable economic growth that alleviates poverty and improves income distribution.

“The C20 is supportive of a growth agenda, but it cannot be an end in itself. It must contribute to reducing inequality and alleviating poverty, and be sustainable, otherwise it will be meaningless,” said Mr Costello.

The C20 (‘Civil Society’) Summit at the University of Melbourne is the first of the lead-in G20 ‘satellite’ conferences and provides the platform for dialogue between civil society and the political leaders of the G20 countries.

Over the two days, more than 80 leading international and domestic experts will present, or take part in panel discussions, on issues including tax transparency, anti-corruption, climate change and renewable energy investment, youth employment, food and resource security and infrastructure.  Almost 400 delegates are expected to attend the Summit.

Delegates chairing discussions or speaking include senior representatives of the leading NGOs as well as national and international speakers across the four key policy issues of:

Other speakers and panellists at the two-day Summit include:

  • Hon Julie Bishop MP: Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • Hon Tanya Plibersek MP: Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • Hon Kevin Andrews MP: Minister for Social Services

  • Huguette Labelle: Chair, Transparency International

  • Sharan Burrow: General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation and

  • Prof Don Henry: Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne

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24 Responses to Shucks, we missed it

  1. ken n

    What does “civil society” mean?
    Seems to be charities and such.
    Is that correct?

  2. MT Isa Miner

    What the hell is Bishop doing there? What a waste of her time. I bet she used to cost out at $400 per hour. She must be bored out of her brain with those turkeys.

    Didn’t she get the Rabz memo?

    Shut. It. Down.
    Fire. Them. All.

  3. Rabz

    Other speakers and panellists at the two-day Summit include

    No Uthman Badar?

  4. Tintarella di Luna

    Oh I see the Countess of Civil Discourse herself the Slovenian Hag’s and two ministers of our federal government – ain’t it grand to know our taxes are going on this. I wonder there’s any concern abou the financial sustainability of events likes as opposed to say ohh um helping people who are aged or disabled? What I love though are titles such as Chair, Transparency International, and what does the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute do? It’s a churn

  5. Percy

    Civil Society Definition.

    Does not include the Government. Tell these turkeys to piss off.

  6. JB

    Isn’t Tim Costello on about $350,000 a year at World Vision? A fair bit of inequality on your part compared to the rest of us then, Tim.
    Reminds why the only Charity that gets my money is The Salvos.

  7. .

    Over the two days, more than 80 leading international and domestic experts will present, or take part in panel discussions, on issues including tax transparency, anti-corruption, climate change and renewable energy investment, youth employment, food and resource security and infrastructure. Almost 400 delegates are expected to attend the Summit.

    Half these topics are the realm of crackpots.

    What a disgusting waste of taxpayers money.

  8. Tom

    Let’s get this straight:

    1. Eliminating poverty is a lauded social objective that has 100% bipartisan support.
    2. Eliminating inequality is a divisive political objective that involves redistributing wealth, discouraging hard work, penalising ambition and turning Australia into an ugly, 1970s eastern European shithole where no-one gets what they want, despair is institutional and the country is run by communist government apparatchiks.
    Be in no doubt and take special note of who does this from now on: people who try to create envy with the constant use of the term inequality are communist thieves dreaming of a state-backed heist on the wealth of the productive classes.

  9. Empire

    C20 = shakedown racket.

    The thieves are getting nervous. Time to turn the ridicule to eleventy.

  10. The C20 Summit will cement policy recommendations around the broad theme of inclusive, sustainable economic growth that alleviates poverty and improves income distribution.

    Fabulous. There’s nothing like cementing some policy recommendations, is there.

    After all, they are delicious with gravy, and you can put them in the bank, and buy a house with them, and they will keep you very warm at night, and improve your mental and physical health.

    Oh hang on – dopey me – those outcomes should actually be listed against the person employed to cement policy recommendations on a six-figure salary.

  11. Yon Toad

    Every day in every way I feel myself getting closer and closer to chucking it all in, selling up, and going off the grid. I expected the Hon Julie to have enough self respect to shun this works outing for the political caste, when she saw the DisHon Plibersek’s name on the guest list.

  12. Baldrick

    You just know it’s going to be (was) a bullshit talk-fest when:

    9:15am Welcome to Country Aunty Di Kerr – Wurundjeri Elder

    … and no, it’s not an age old custom.

  13. David

    it’s not an age old custom

    Spot on Baldrick. It is actually confected bulldust.

  14. JohnA

    Baldrick #1360061, posted on June 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    You just know it’s going to be (was) a bullshit talk-fest when:

    9:15am Welcome to Country Aunty Di Kerr – Wurundjeri Elder

    … and no, it’s not an age old custom.

    David #1360236, posted on June 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    it’s not an age old custom

    Spot on Baldrick. It is actually confected bulldust.

    The motion, being seconded, is passed on the voices.

    Indeed, a “welcome to country” ceremony doesn’t fit logically with a “white man invaded this country” meme, does it?

    But there you go: another demonstration of the unique human ability to hold two totally contradictory ideas in the same head – without exploding.

  15. it’s not an age old custom

    Spot on Baldrick. It is actually confected bulldust.

    Are they really trying to pull that off as some tradition? What, they think parents don’t speak to their kids? Fools, but I repeat myself.

  16. Disillusioned

    These are the progressives who won’t be happy until they have a socialist world government with Chinese style capitalism that is state controlled. Shut them down now!

  17. A H

    So ‘civil society’ has been hijacked by communists. Nice.

  18. TipToeingthruthePansies

    What in the hell is transparency international? Yuk!

  19. nilk

    What is Transparency International? I’m glad you asked. Prepare to be creeped out.

    Our vision

    A world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption

  20. nilk

    I also don’t know that I’d be taking advice from any mob that had Jimmy Carter on board.

  21. .

    Maybe we can ask TI about the St James Ethics Centre’s less than honest position on government funding?

  22. Stan

    What a bunch of hypocrites. Big government and forced income redistribution are the antithesis of civil society.

  23. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    i worked with Real Aboriginals in WA years ago,I got along well with the Elders as I was helping to house them,I never heard of “welcome to country” ceremonies ,and I was present when visiting officials from the government. Of course the Aboriginals I dealt with were Tribal ,and had Real Culture ,which they tried to pass on to the children. There were no “activists ” to corrupt the Real Culture as there are today.Bloody alp Stooges.

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