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Australians want healthy environment and society, not just economic growth

The Australian Conservation Foundation has welcomed the release of the results of one of the most thorough consultations on measures of social progress ever conducted in Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics report, Aspirations for our Nation: a Conversation with Australians about Progress, demonstrates that the Australian community wants more from our national leaders than merely productivity and national income growth. 

“Healthy ecological systems, human wellbeing and community connections are what Australians are saying they want in the 21st century, not more increases in material consumption,” said Charles Berger, ACF’s Director of Strategic Ideas.

“Perhaps some of the current disillusionment with Australia’s major political parties stems from their fixation on economic productivity, not the real aspirations of real people and communities.

“The Bureau of Statistics has shown great innovation and leadership in developing more holistic measures of progress for Australia. 

“ACF calls on the leaders of Australia’s political parties to respond to this important report by committing to fund national ecological and human wellbeing accounts.

“We further hope all parties will pay careful attention to this statement of future aspirations when developing their agendas for next year’s election.”