Friday 29 May 2020, Online Event, 11:00-2:00pm
75th anniversary of the White Paper on Full Employment
JOIN Wayne Swan, Ged Kearney, Michele O’Neil, Andrew Leigh, John Falzon, and the team at Per Capita to mark the 75th anniversary of the White Paper on Full Employment
On 30 May 1945, John Dedman, Minister for Postwar Reconstruction in the Curtin Labor Government, tabled the White Paper on Full Employment In Australia.
This seminal document outlined the vision of Australia’s war time leaders for a country in which there was a good job for everyone who needed one. The White Paper set the framework for a secure and prosperous society, that also included the creation of the Commonwealth Employment Service, the establishment of a strong social security system, significant investment in nation-building infrastructure, and the provision of secure and affordable housing.
The bold reforms that followed set Australia up for decades of prosperity and the creation of arguably the most prosperous and stable middle-class society on earth.
Program (feel free to join in at any point):
- 11am: Full Employment: a Labor legacy Wayne Swan in conversation with Emma Dawson
- 11:45am: What do we mean by full employment? with Andrew Leigh and Ged Kearney
- 12:20pm: Breakout sessions moderated by Per Capita researchers
- 1pm: How do we rebuild a full employment economy? Michele O’Neil in conversation with John Falzon
SOURCE: “Per Capita Conference: Jobs for Australia: A New Call for Full Employment.” Per Capita, 25 May 2020.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia