Archived report: This report was archived in July 2006 and has not been updated. Telecommunication technologies provide an opportunity for international groups to form with common interests or purposes. These groups, or communities, can link markets in developed countries with suppliers in developing countries, where costs are lower and financial needs are higher. These communities can also be socially active groups with social reform agendas, or groups with common purposes such as anti-war protests. We are reverting from the individual back into tribes, but scattered tribes across the world rather than within a small geographic area. This report discussed the needs of developing countries, and progress in establishing these electronic communities.
Table of Contents
2. The broader picture
2.1 Urbanisation and urban poverty
2.2 Decentralisation and local government change
2.3 Globalisation with economic and technological growth
2.4 Resource depletion and pollution
3. Cities in transition
3.1 Developments at mega speed
3.2 The power of cities
3.3 The problems of cities
3.4 The role of communities
4. The untapped power of the slums
4.1 Scaling up
4.2 The slums
4.3 Potential of the slums
4.4 Cities without slums
5. Internet business communities
6.1 Result of social changes
6.2 Profound impact on human communication
6.3 From tribes to individuals
6.4 From individuals to tribes and what that means
As you know, I have resigned from the Labor Ministry and have decided not to re-contest the seat of Charlton at the next election – both for personal reasons.
Before leaving Parliament, I particularly wish to record my thanks to you for your generous and constructive participation in the deliberations that generated significant economic policy reforms for the Australian community. Continuous economic transformation is a key challenge that faces all Governments.
The development of sound public policy should always be contestable. Ultimately, good and equitable outcomes are not concessions to any particular interest group, but the careful balancing of interests to create the greatest possible benefit for the nation. You have contributed to that, and I sincerely thank you for it.
Greg Combet, Former Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation