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1370.0.00.002 - Measures of Australia's Progress - Aspirations for our Nation: A Conversation with Australians about Progress , 2011-12  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/05/2013   
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SUMMARY OF THEMES AND ASPIRATIONS

As can be seen from the overviews presented, many common aspirations are held across nations. The opportunity to gain an education, knowledge and skills was seen as fundamental for social, economic and individual well-being, as was the ability to have good health. Housing was critical for people’s sense of safety, security and well-being and seen as a basic need. Safe communities and strong relationships were both acknowledged as contributing in a positive way to societal progress as was people’s ability to have flexibility and control over how they use their time.

In the economic sphere, the need for jobs which provide adequate income, a sense of self-worth and use of skills was a common theme. While, the environment was widely seen as an essential support to human life and its natural resources need to be sustained for the survival of future generations. The intrinsic importance of nature’s biodiversity was also acknowledged. The existence of quality civil society mechanisms and governance processes were seen as essential to healthy societies and having a political voice was important for both governments and individuals.


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