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The talks go on… economic insulation in the balance

By johnboy - 26 November 2008 6

Supreme Leader Stanhope has announced that yesterday’s grand council of chiefs meeting (he describes them as “The movers and shakers from Canberra’s tourism, property, educational and business worlds”) was a great success in terms of positivity and enthusiasm.

Despite this success more meetings are needed before a sufficient impression of industriousness has been achieved.

To this end there shall be a further ten days of meetings to “flesh out” the ideas.

Smaller groups are to meet chaired by the Supreme Leader, as well as Andrew Barr and Katy Gallagher:

    “The groups will flesh out ideas for insulating the economy and making the most of the ACT’s sectoral advantages, as well as incentives for economic activity.

    The small groups will focus on tourism, education, procurement, planning, land supply, infrastructure and retail.”

I await the outcome of the deliberations of my betters.

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The talks go on… economic insulation in the balance
Hdopler 1:37 pm 27 Nov 08

S4anta said :

Or are you afraid that those nasty Gen Y’s might actually be able to compete with you down the line, forcing you to actually work?

What is there to be afraid of? most Gen Y’s can’t tie their shoe-laces, concentrate for more than 30 seconds let along compete in the real world beyond the la-la-land playground that is the public service!

housebound 11:20 am 26 Nov 08

Or are you afraid that those nasty Gen Y’s might actually be able to compete with you down the line, forcing you to actually work? Housebound only temporarily; otherwise usually employed 😉

Good point about the skills issue though. I had assumed it was more self-serving than you all suggested so far.

neanderthalsis 11:18 am 26 Nov 08

housebound said :

And why is there an education small group? Are they planning to raise more taxes through some peverse form of corporate funding for schools?

Business and industry invests quite heavily in education and training for new entrants and existing workers through apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships, work integrated learning programs, school to work transitions programs and course and curriculum development.

Add that to their interest in ensuring that school leavers possess the basic skills that enable them to function effectively in the workplace (basic literacy and numeracy, effective communication, basic IT skills, teamwork, problem solving etc) and you have very good reasons for the business community working with government to ensure the quality of educational outcomes.

S4anta 11:06 am 26 Nov 08

I suspect the education small group will be looking at the tie-ins of education re:innovation, reducing brain drain, addressing skill shortages etc rather than taxing.

Piling cash into educating your populus allows them to gain better skills, better knowledge, which leads to increased participation in the economy (higher wages, more successful small business ideas).

Have a read of some of Murdochs sprays of late, and you might start seeing an idea of where they might want to head in this space.

Or are you afraid that those nasty Gen Y’s might actually be able to compete with you down the line, forcing you to actually work?

housebound 11:02 am 26 Nov 08

Sorry, wrecked the link. here’s another go:

I can see the great land grab on the scene, especially after reading the ABC’s version:
ACT Planning and Tourism Minister Andrew Barr says improving land release, streamlining planning processes and seizing on tourism opportunities are other worthy ideas.

And why is there an education small group? Are they planning to raise more taxes through some peverse form of corporate funding for schools?

housebound 10:59 am 26 Nov 08

I can see the great land grab on the scene, especially after reading the <a href=”http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/25/2429447.htm”ABC’s version:
ACT Planning and Tourism Minister Andrew Barr says improving land release, streamlining planning processes and seizing on tourism opportunities are other worthy ideas.

And why is there an education small group? Are they planning to raise more taxes through some peverse form of corporate funding for schools?

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