Dr. Ken Henry
Australian Head of Treasury
Dr. Ken Henry's Call to Arms was reported in Peter Martin's Blog yesterday. It is a wonderfully crafted speech with challenges to our new graduates that they make a difference in their lives and ultimately, our lives.
The end of his speech, Dr. Ken Henry stated: "Climate change adaptation and the response to mitigation strategies will also have profound implications for the pattern of human settlement on this continent.
Taken together, these forces could produce the largest structural adjustment in our economic history.
And the emergence of China and India, especially because of its implications for global commodities demand, has conferred on Australia a large boost to its real wealth; but, at the same time, has set up a set of structural adjustments that will challenge policy makers for decades.
Challenges of these dimensions confront countries all over the world today. In all countries there are immense challenges that will test the limits of sustainability; economic, social and environmental.
Of course, they also offer unprecedented opportunity. This really could be a golden age for much of the world's population.
But here's the thing: the way this plays out is up to you. It is not something you should be leaving to governments. The question for you is whether you want to be able to say to your children, and their children, that you did everything you could to ensure that their generation would also enjoy the freedom to choose lives they would have reason to value."
It is truly wonderful to have a person in charge of Australian Government's Treasury Department with such views.
Last year, July 2008, there was a report in the Daily Telegraph with the heading: "Treasury boss Ken Henry leaves post to look after wombats".
Dr. Ken Henry with a northern hairy-nosed wombat.
When creating an Economics WebQuest for students in Years 9 - 12 or beyond - at University, Teachers and Trainers might think to add a perspective based on Dr. Ken Henry!