​Ged Kearney (left), ACTU President and
Saul Eslake, Chief Economist
Bank of America Merril Lynch (Aust & NZ)

Australia must have a vision of the common good, where our business, government and union leaders work co-operatively towards a society which shares its prosperity equitably, and which tackles entrenched disadvantage, according to Dr Philip Freier, Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne.

Dr Freier will discuss this vision with Ged Kearney, ACTU President, and Saul Eslake, Economic commentator and Chief Economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Australia and New Zealand), in a public conversation on Friday 23 March at BMW Edge, Federation Square, at 7.30am (morning, please note).

"Australia has many pressing social problems, which require a visionary Government and Opposition, and a socially responsible corporate sector. Using the nation’s wealth to the benefit of all ought to be seen not only as good social policy but also good economics,” Dr Freier said.

“This is why I believe the time is right for Australia to consider the need for a new social contract – a contract which is about a sense of mutual obligation to one another and responsibility for one another, and founded on the kind of principles which have produced the fair and good society that Australia has enjoyed for so long, and which must not be threatened by greed or indifference,” he said.

What:    Public conversation about a new social contract for Australia
Who:     Archbishop Philip Freier, ACTU President Ged Kearney and Economist Saul Eslake
When:   Friday 23 March at 7.30am (morning, please note)
Where:  BMW Edge, Federation Square


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