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Reporter: Leigh Sales

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Remember the 2020 Summit? It was Kevin Rudd's big ideas fest, this time
last year, where he gathered about 1,000 of Australia's best and brightest to come up with some
fresh thoughts about where to take the nation. The Government has today announced it's going to act
on some of the recommendations from that Summit, and to fill us in, political editor Chris Uhlmann
joins us now in our Canberra studio.

Chris, what are some of the ideas that made the cut?

CHRIS UHLMANN, POLITICAL EDITOR: Well some of the things, Leigh, include supporting the development
of a bionic eye, setting up the Australian equivalent of a peace corps, giving the ABC a dedicated
children's channel, establishing "Golden Gurus" - that's a mentoring scheme to pass on the wisdom
of our elders and supporting an Indigenous culture through an education and knowledge centre.

LEIGH SALES: Is this what the Summit really set out to do?

CHRIS UHLMANN: Well if you cast your mind back, Leigh, to before the Summit, Kevin Rudd gave a
speech where he called for vision and said its objective should be ambitious. He said excessive
caution, I should say, and fear of failure shouldn't hold us back. He wanted the nation to set
aside partisan politics and come together around clear, long term goals.

Now, as worthy as all the ideas ticked off today are - and nothing really could be more worthy than
giving sight to the blind - none of them matches Kevin Rudd's nation-shifting demands. The one idea
acclaimed by the gathering, as you'll recall, was an Australian Republic. Now, there's no sign of
the rest of Australia clamouring for that at the moment and Kevin Rudd knows it. To lead on that
would require shaking off caution and spending some of the large pile of political capital he's now
sitting on, but he doesn't look like spending it soon.

LEIGH SALES: Chris, notwithstanding that some of the initiatives that have been announced will no
doubt be viewed as worthy, is the Government likely to face criticism that the Summit came up with
about 1,000 ideas, they had 8,000 submissions and they've only acted on nine?

CHRIS UHLMANN: Well, I think when the Summit was called, the Government was actually in search of a
plan. Now, it had ideas, but it didn't really have a central theme. And, there was time, when
you'll recall, that it seemed to drift, that there was all that talk of reviews and committees. And
it was defined really later by events, as so often governments are.

Now, no-one would've wished for it, but the global financial crisis has given Labor a purpose. It's
as much an opportunity as a challenge and the Prime Minister clearly knows that. His essay on
rampant capitalism earlier in the year shows that he sees a political opportunity here and that's
an opportunity to entrench Labor in power for a decade. The times now call for interventionist
government and that suits Labor's instincts. And it really cuts against the Coalition's grain. So,
all Labor's nation-building plans now are justified by the times, and I think the party's a lot
more comfortable now that it's shed the economic conservative election party frock. So I guess you
can say that 2020 was mugged by 2008.

LEIGH SALES: OK, Chris, thanks for that.