National reform: Have your say

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Australia is in the midst of an important debate about reforms that are urgently required for the nation to meet the challenges of the coming decades. Directors are in a unique position to contribute to this debate and the Australian Institute of Company Directors intends to participate in it on the behalf of our diverse membership.

As a first step in this process, we will be participating in a National Reform Summit being held in Sydney on 26 August. Our bi-annual Director Sentiment Index gives us an indication of the views of our members in relation to issues on the summit agenda, including tax reform, the impact of low productivity and the infrastructure deficit. To help us gain an even better understanding of your thoughts, we’re inviting all members to take part in a short poll of key issues.

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The information we gain from the anonymous poll will help us frame our contribution to the summit so that it adequately represents our membership as a whole. The poll consists of five short questions in which we ask you to rank your priorities for reform in a number of different areas.

Importantly, one of those areas is the governance of the nation. Many of the issues faced by Australia are long-term issues that require the same focus that directors exercise as part of their board responsibilities. We thus hope to imbue the national reform debate with a recognition of the value of robust governance principles.

The 80 participants in the summit will include representatives from the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Council of Social Service, National Seniors Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.