The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed public debates about sovereignty and the effect of decades of privatisation. As this is one of the classic areas of the progressive left, the patron, Eva Cox as well as Phil O'Donoghue and Kevin Conway, members of the National Board, suggest we take up this broad issue as a Fabians’ national project over this year. Privatisation affects both federal and state issues. The current debates may signal a shift in political interest from the failing market-based dominance of policy making to more interest in the social contract. We decided to start with a survey of members and supporters to gauge your views and inform the project. There is space at the end for comments and extra ideas, which are very much welcomed.