The purpose of this essay is to show what a nationally coordinated economic transformation plan could look like. It aims to find the confluence between the economic prosperity of Australia, the unique advantages Australia has and most importantly matched to the needs of the world this coming century.

This essay owes much to the Ecomoderist Manifesto; the need for cheap clean reliable energy for both the developed and the developing world with the aim to ensure we lift the standard of living for billions of people by the end of the century while at the same time reducing our impact on the environment. In short the authors of the manifesto call for a technology led approach to reducing the effect of humans on the environment while continuing to improve the lives of as many people in the world as possible.

This plan aims to harness the power of economics and the drive of people everywhere to be productive and to build wealth. This is not a vision for equality over growth, but a recognition that in almost all respects, the last several centuries have seen a massive improvement in quality of life, wealth and opportunity for billions of people and technology has largely been why this has occurred. We have a long way to go, but we must use the the proven tools of economics and human nature to achieve this. Invoking fairness as a means to and measure of success is fraught with issues. Each person must decide fairness based on their own morals and we should resist centralisation of fairness, for it has proven make society even less fair when we do this. This does not mean that fairness is not valued, more so that it achieved not by central command and control, but by the broad multipliers of education, freedoms and reason, exercised by the people and not the governing ‘elite’.

Note to the Reader

This essay is written for people who are interested and passionate about the health and success of  humans and the environment. It is also written to challenge many of the assumptions that are common in the public discourse of today.

You might disagree or agree with part or all of this, that’s ok. At worst you might learn something new or at least start to ask more questions when presented with information. At best you might want to construct your own Australia 2040 plan. If you do, please send it to me so I can read it.

While almost 50 pages, this essay is not an attempt to layout all pieces of evidence that exist, but it is referenced with many amazing communicators and their work on the topics covered herein. If all I achieve is connecting you to their work and knowledge, I will call that a win.

Special Thanks

I want to personally thank Dr Oscar Archer for his review of and edits to this essay. If you are looking for a scientifically and technically astute reviewer, you should contact Oscar immediately.

I also want to make mention of the following people who, without their efforts communicating to the public their areas of expertise and insight, this essay would have never been written.