ACL's Strong Economy, Strong Communities breakfast was held in Hobart last Tuesday 25th February which was attended by around 70 people.  The aim of the breakfast was to address the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to strong Tasmanian families and communities in the lead up to the state election this month.



Innovator and business strategist Professor Jonathan West began the morning addressing two key messages that physically and economically speaking Tasmania’s problems are rather easy to solve and that these problems are the responsibility of the community. Professor West indicated Tasmania lacks a sense of themselves as a community. He told the audience it was time for the state to take responsibility for their problems by putting the public interest ahead of private interests.



Noel Mundy from Mission Australia challenged people to get out and "fix the broken community." He said in order to build a stronger economy that builds stronger communities the state should not leave behind the most vulnerable.



One of Australia's well-known economists Professor Ian Harper was the keynote speaker at the event. He spoke about the importance of breaking the 'vicious circle' of economic weakness and social dysfunction currently at work in Tasmania in order to see a difference in quality of life and living standards.



Professor Harper said the 'vicious circle' can be turned into a 'virtuous circle' by beginning with community building and starting with families. It's in these things that people are taught the lessons of co-operation, respecting authority, the importance of truth-telling and how to cope with failure and disappointment which are of great commercial value. He said the things which are good for people are also the things which cause our economy to flourish. Professor Harper also gave a strong fatherly admonition about the need for Tasmania to get itself off the bottom of the heap and have fresh eyes to see itself as the national leader it can be.



Liberal member for Braddon Adam Brooks spoke about the importance of allowing businesses in Tasmania to grow and prosper to ensure struggling families have access to greater services and resources as they require. He spoke of the need for leadership and communities to help build a culture of success, ambition and reward for effort and discusses the impact dire financial circumstances can have on families.



Labor member for Lyons David Llewellyn addressed the connection between Tasmania's economic industries and the impact these will have on quality of life, quality of produce and quality of people in the state's future. He said "the foundations we are building today will play a vital role in realising a future that'll transform and enrich the lives of every Tasmanian."



Videos of all the speeches are now available to view below.







Professor Jonathan West at Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast from Australian Christian Lobby on Vimeo.







Mission Australia's Noel Mundy at Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast from Australian Christian Lobby on Vimeo.







Professor Ian Harper at Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast from Australian Christian Lobby on Vimeo.







Liberal Member for Braddon Adam Brooks at Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast from Australian Christian Lobby on Vimeo.







Labor Candidate for Lyons David Llewellyn at Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast from Australian Christian Lobby on Vimeo.