Rudd wants 1000 to discuss 10 problems Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says a summit involving 1000 Australians will be held to tackle 10 major problems that are facing Australia. The summit will be held at Parliament House in late April and is called Australia 2020. "The summit will bring together some of the best and brightest brains from across the country to tackle the long-term challenges confronting Australia's future," Mr Rudd said. Melbourne University vice-chancellor Glyn Davis will co-chair the summit along with Mr Rudd. Professor Davis told reporters the summit was a "chance to have a national conversation". The 1000 people chosen to take part in the summit will be broken into 10 groups of 100. Each of those groups will tackle a specific challenge outlined by the government. The challenges are broad and includes areas such as productivity, the digital economy, water, health, indigenous people and services and the arts. Mr Rudd said the 1000 people would be expected to pay their own way to Canberra and would not be representative of large organisations. "We want people to be selected on the basis of individual merit," the prime minister said. The whole summit will be open to the media and Mr Rudd said he plans to invite media industry leaders to participate in the weekend-long summit to be held over April 19 and 20. "This is not a talkfest for the sake of a talkfest," Mr Rudd said. He said the ideas created at the summit would not immediately become government policy and he also promised that already announced Labor policy was sacrosanct. "Our policy direction is clear cut." "What we want is for this gathering of the nation's brightest and best to put forward options for the nation's future (and) to produce summary documents which we will then consider in the second half of the year." Mr Rudd said. "We will then provide a considered response to those options papers by the year's end. "Those that we accept will form part of the government's long-term planning for 2009 and beyond and those that we reject, we will make plain our reasons why that's occurred as well." Doesn"t Rudd have a clue on how to solve any issues?Â Maybe he should try the following:Â * abolish state governments who are just a waste of space and which will save $10b a year * cut out staff in federal governments departments and actually make them run efficiently like private enterprise. That will probably save another $10b at least * reduce government spending including cutting out the promised tax cuts * with all the above money saved he could spend it on higher education including reducing university education cost. hospitals, police and apprenticeship incentives *spend more on infrastructure These would be a good start.Â Why does he need 1,000 people to tell him this?Â Does have any idea what he is doing?