Imagine you have woken up in the Australia of your dreams. What is it like?
In 2017 we asked this question to people all over the country – with nothing to sell, no politician to elect and no agenda other than to listen deeply.
We started these conversations because if we are going to grab hold of our country and move things closer to the way we would like them to be, we need to know what we want. We need a new, compelling story of transformation and restoration; one that ignites our hope and moves us into action.
Listening to hundreds of people, from many walks of life, we came away understanding that the hopes and dreams we share for our future are staggeringly similar.
This collectively imagined near future is captured in the nine pillars below. It comes directly from the voices of the people we spoke with; from the recordings of the interviews; from the reams of butcher’s paper people wrote on; and from the afterthoughts they sent in, fired with passion to talk about the society they want and the challenges they face.
From the voices of many, Australia Remade emerged as a portrait of our collective hopes and dreams.
This is a vision of the best version of us.
It is both idealistic and ordinary. Utopian and commonsense. The intention is not to dictate a wish list of new demands or policies but to inject a breath of fresh air. To ignite inspiration, conversation and the possibility that we will plot a new and dazzling course for this country; a future we can be excited to create.
This is our time!
When we lift each other up with a picture of what is possible and hold each other in hope when things get discouraging; when we join together to demand change and stay together when things get hard – we know from countless examples in the history of the world that we change things for the better.
We’re glad you’re here. We hope you will be inspired by some or all of the pillars in Australia Remade. If you are, start talking. Share this vision. Join with us. Together we intend to tell a new story of Australia, a story that lifts our sights and our souls, a story that energises and activates us to create change.
Just as we benefit from the work of others before us, may our steely determination to make change against the odds shine forth into the lives of our children and grandchildren. May our dreams become their normal, our struggles their history lessons, our love their greatest inheritance.
Here are the nine pillars of a remade Australia; the foundations for the future we collectively want. This is what we could be.