Opinion

Two cheers for summits: our broken system badly needs creative alternatives

John Warhurst
Updated September 8 2022 - 4:47pm, first published 5:30am
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese delivers closing remarks at the Jobs and Skills Summit. Picture by Sitthixay Ditthavong

Political summits, like the recent Jobs and Skills Summit, are intriguing for what they tell us both about our parliamentary system of government and our nation's social and economic organisation. Because they are merely occasional events, they can't replace or even transform our existing system; but they are worth having for what they reveal about its strengths and weaknesses and the hints they offer about possible improvements.

John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.