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National Reform Summit will bring together business, unions, social service groups

…..About 80 leaders from major groups, including The Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Business Council of Australia, Australian Industry Group, the Australian Council of Social Service, National Seniors Australia and COTA Australia, will meet in Sydney.

The groups will discuss fiscal sustainability, tax reform, productivity and workplace participation and retirement incomes. The summit is designed to create political pressure on the major political parties to pass measures that will spur the economy, cut unemployment and help balance the budget.

Jennifer Westacott, the chief executive of the big-business lobby group the BCA, said the summit would allow organisations with often divergent views to identify areas they agree on…….

“Anybody looking at the news from around the world and then looking at the figures on Australia’s competitiveness, on productivity, on unemployment and on wages who denies the existence of a burning platform for reform is living in fantasy land,” she said.
“Future generations will not thank them for that delusion……..

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