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 AgendaJune 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