Future Directions for Australia-China Directions

My reason for accepting Peter Hartcher’s invitation to speak at the release of his essay today was that, given the current state of the fetid debate on Australia-China relations (in fact, more often like a screaming match than a debate), I thought it might be useful to offer my own personal perspectives on the past, present and future of the …

The Complacent Country: Alternative Visions for Australia’s Democracy, The Need for a Royal Commission into the Abuse of Media Power

The Hon Kevin Rudd, AC 26th Prime Minister of Australia  University of Sydney 29 August, 2019.   Tonight, I’d like to talk about alternative visions for Australia’s future. I’ve been doing a series of these around the country. That’s because I fear we have become the complacent country – complacent about the many great political, economic, social, environmental and security …

The Complacent Country: Alternative Visions For Australia’s Future in the Region and the World

The Hon Kevin Rudd, AC 26th Prime Minister of Australia Australian National University 28 August, 2019. Tonight I’d like to talk about alternative visions for Australia’s future. I’ve been doing a series of these around the country. That’s because I fear we have become the complacent country – complacent about the many great political, economic, social, environmental and security challenges …

The Complacent Country: Alternative Visions for Australia’s Economic Future

The Hon Kevin Rudd, AC 26th Prime Minister of Australia University of Melbourne 27 August, 2019. Over the course of the coming week, I am delivering a series of public lectures on alternative visions for Australia’s future. I’m doing so because I believe we have become the complacent country – complacent about our economic future, the future of our social …

The Complacent Country: On the Elements of a National Vision for Australia’s Future

The Hon Kevin Rudd, AC. 26th Prime Minister of Australia University of Queensland 26 August, 2019. Over the course of the next week, I propose to deliver a series of university lectures on competing visions for Australia’s future. They are based in part in a long essay I wrote earlier this year entitled “The Complacent Country”. They are designed to …

The Complacent Country

‘Without a vision, the people perish’ This is a post-Australia Day reflection on our country’s future that I’ve been working on over the Australian summer and the American winter. They are personal views only. They are intended only to encourage a national conversation about the major challenges facing Australia’s future at a time when these challenges are often denied oxygen …