ABC Local Radio
It is the fourth in the series inaugurated by Peter Costello as Treasurer in the Howard Government.
Broadly the intent of the Intergenerational report is to track where the Australian population budget and economy will be in forty years time.
The report also suggests ways we might attempt to get there sustainably.
And this is where the argument begins. The current report has been criticised as having a more polemical and even political thrust than previous documents.
That the ways forward seem to rely principally on reductions in government outlays to areas associated with health and welfare including pensions.
Is this the only way to go, or does it depend on your assumptions about what sort of Australia we envison for our grandchildren?
Joining us to discuss the intergenerational report are representatives of three of Australia's major church welfare providers, Roland Manderson of Anglicare, Joe Zabar of Uniting Care, and Marcelle Mogg of Catholic Social Services.