Next25, Making the future Australia wants
As a nation with immense fortune, Australia has the capacity to make the future it wants. But how can this future be achieved, a future where the voices of all Australians are represented?
Whilst there is broad consensus that “something has to be done”, over the past 20 years Australia has not seen significant reform to address challenges such as First Nations opportunities, women’s equality, ageing and aged care, diabetes, stagnant productivity, a fit-for-purpose tax regime, housing affordability, truth in politics, and climate and energy.
“There are many challenges presently facing Australia, as well as new (unknown) challenges that will emerge as the future unfolds. It is a precondition to dealing with these effectively and in the public interest that the right decision-making systems and institutions are in place that have our trust and confidence. This is the focus of Next25, and why I believe it is a priority to support, irrespective of the particular issues that concern us personally or where we sit on the political spectrum.” — Bill Manos, major donor
Next25 is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation that believes the way Australia is building its future is broken. Their commitment is to ensure Australia maximises and shares its success by improving how Australia designs its future. They believe that Australia needs three strong pillars in place:
(1) Describe the desired future
(2) Assess the future-making system’s capability, and
(3) Fix the system where it is found wanting.