Our mission is to end short-termism in Australia

Australia is an amazing country. Too often, however, important long-term issues have been ignored in favour of short-term gain.

Australia is doing well on many fronts, however the lack of action on important long-term issues is holding us back.

Until short-termism is fixed, Australians won’t have the country they want. Big issues will fester unresolved.

We won’t have meaningful tax reform, address Indigenous disadvantage, or prepare for our ageing population. We won’t have affordable housing, affordable childcare, or the skills for the jobs of the future. We won’t address climate change and the energy crisis, increase our engagement with Asia, or achieve equality for women. We won’t build adequate infrastructure, address the mental health crisis, or kick-start our stagnant productivity. The list goes on.


We envision an Australia where all parts of society demand and work constructively toward decisions and actions that balance the immediate and long-term needs of the country



While others address the symptoms, our three initiatives tackle the three root causes of short-termism

Australia now has a choice. Either address the causes of short-termism so that all Australians enjoy a bright future. Or leave it in the too hard basket, allowing narrow vested interests to capture the benefits.

  1. The Perfect Candidate - shifting our national conversation from short-term problems to long-term solutions

  2. Parliamentary Leaders Program - fixing Australia's broken politics

  3. Federation 2.0 - bringing Australia's decision-making system into the 21st Century

In the media


Malcolm Farr, news.com.au

Ralph Ashton on Voter Disengagement and The Perfect Candidate

Laura Tingle, 7.30, ABC TV - Watch on iView


Voter data reveals ‘perfect’ Aus candidate

The Herald

Ben Potter, Australian Financial Review

Primrose Riordan and Richard Ferguson, The Australian


SMH Live: Skilling up

How to short-circuit short-termism

The Age Live: Feed the Masses

The Australian Futures Project is a tax-exempt, non-profit company limited by guarantee and is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Donations are fully tax-deductible through La Trobe University (DGR).