About the 2017 Conference

Why Participate?

It is currently estimated that there are nearly 2 million Australians who are either unemployed, or underemployed.

There are vast amounts of work that needs to be done and hundreds of thousands Australians who want jobs. It is more costly for society to keep people unemployed or underemployed than it is to employ them and, in light of the very real possibility of a prolonged recession in Australia beginning within the next 12 months, it is critical that all of us understand why efforts to connect work with workers have been ineffective so far and what our country can do to bring about full employment.

What is the Right to Work?

Article 23(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

“Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.”

The Right to Work has been actively supported by past Australian governments. It worked before and it can work again.

This historic conference shall see the launch of the Right2Work Coalition and features world-renowned experts who will explain why efforts that have been made over the last several decades continue to fail and present evidence on solutions that have worked before.

  • Gain new perspective and insight into this important issue not found in today’s narrative
  • Achieve a coherent understanding of how these problems are systemic policy failures
  • Develop new relationships with coalition members, influencers and experts who can support your advocacy
  • Become involved early to help shape the public narrative around this issue

What is a Job Guarantee?

A job guarantee is an economic policy proposal aimed at providing a sustainable solution to the dual problems of inflation and unemployment. Its aim is to create full employment and price stability, by having the state promise to hire unemployed workers as an employer of last resort.

The job guarantee program would see the public sector offer a fixed wage job to anyone who is willing and able to work. This program expands when private sector activity declines, and declines when private sector activity expands.

Rebuilding Australia – the New ‘New Deal’

When unemployment is high, inflation low and the private sector sluggish, the time is ripe for fiscal policy investment in new public infrastructure – both soft and hard – to support growth in the real economy. Such investment will generate jobs and profits in the private sector. As employment opportunities in the private sector grow, job guarantee vacancies will reduce accordingly, and job guarantee workers will migrate to more high paying jobs in the private sector.