I was inspired to do Community Development when the Whitlam Government launched it’s Australian Assistance Plan in the early 1970’s. I had a growing concern about long-term effects of poverty – a combination of malnutrition of the boday and of the spirit, and I was seeking outlets for this concern. Thirty years later, after nominating to attend the Rudd Government’s “People’s 2020 Summit and being refused, I recognised that I was being given a natural tailing-off date for an important era in my own life. The People’s Summit marked the end of an epock for Australian Left Politics. The promise implied when it was called seemed to come to nothing.