Workshop: 70th Anniversary of the White Paper on Full Employment
On Wednesday, May 30, 1945, Mr John Dedman, Minister for Post-war Reconstruction and Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in the Curtin Labor Government, stood up to present the White Paper on Full Employment to the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament. He drew attention of the Members "to the importance of the document and the fundamental character of the policy outlined in it" and "sets forth boldly and unequivocally the Government's intention to secure full employment for the people of Australia after the war" and outlined "the method by which the Government proposes to achieve this aim". The White Paper and the policy framework that was implemented to achieve the aim of full employment defined the Australian government's socio-economic strategy until the mid-1970s, when the rising dominance of what we now call neo-liberalism, saw the Federal Government abandon its commitment to full employment. On May 30, 2015, to recognise the 70th Anniversary of this great event in Australian history, the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the Society of St. Vincent De Paul (Vinnies) partner to hold this Anniversary Workshop in Sydney, Australia. The aim is to restore a full employment narrative in Australia and to disabuse the population of the idea, that the major political parties propagate, that full employment is consistent with unemployment rates of 5 to 6 per cent and underemployment rates approaching double digits. The Workshop will seek to explore the relevance of the White Paper approach to Full Employment in the context of the apparent contradictions of the policy stances that are now entrenched and causing the prolonged global unemployment crisis.
|Organizer:||Centre of Full Employment and Equity CofFEE, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Society of St. Vincent De Paul (Vinnies), Australia|
|Conference venue:||Sydney, Auditorium, Trades Hall (Unions NSW)|
|Classification:||E2 - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment ; J2 - Time Allocation; Work Behavior; Employment Determination and Creation ; J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies|
|Event type:||Seminare, Summer Schools, Symposien, Workshops; Seminars, Summer Schools, Symposiums, Workshops|