Social policy in a rapidly changing economy

On 28 February 2014, I announced that Federal Labor would begin a significant social policy reform process to start rethinking the way governments support Australians as our economy, our workplaces and our families change.  

The process will bring together some of Australia's leading social policy experts, economists, academics, business and union leaders to consider how we can reform our social support system, to ensure we can meet the needs of modern Australia.

Throughout 2014, I will lead a series of roundtable discussions and policy workshops with distinguished Australians to start developing the policy solutions that are needed to tackle the challenges of today, and those of tomorrow.

This will form a critical part of Labor's broader policy reform work in opposition, and will help shape the policies of the next Labor Government.

You can find a copy of the media release announcing the process here.

A copy of the opinion piece that was published to accompany the announcement can be found here

If you would like to find out any more about the process or make a contribution to this process please email me at


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