AMEP campaigns for increasing fairness, well being and shared prosperity in Australian society. We believe for this to happen “relational development” needs to rank ahead of, and be served by “economic development” in Australian social policy settings.
For AMEP “relational development” means ‘the preservation and strengthening of the personal and community relationships (particularly for the disempowered) that support flourishing lives, flourishing communities and a flourishing Australian society’.
Also, we believe stable and increasing economic wealth is a vital element to support “relational development”. We believe the real value of economic success is to underpin flourishing lives in flourishing communities, for a flourishing Australian society; and to be a good global neighbour.
Our Australian democracy is presently begging for elected political representatives of all views to raise ‘relational development’ high in the mindsets of policy developers, legislators, judiciary, law enforcers and journalists; higher than ‘the economy’. Economic development needs to transcend selfish vested interest, and work for public benefit.