Trade War Enters the End Game

Article Originally Published in the Australian Financial Review on the 16th of September 2019 Original Article Here Written by Kevin Rudd We are about to enter the end-game in the US-China trade war. The negotiations set to resume early next month represent the last real chance to find a way through the trade, technology and wider economic imbroglio engulfing both …

Kevin Rudd Address to the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing

The U.S.-China economic relationship has been through multiple twists and turns over the last 18 months. There has been much frustration, tension, and anger in this process, interspersed with periodic outbursts of diplomacy, re-boots, and bilateral calm, all before the next round of tariffs, retaliatory tariffs, and stalemate. It has all the hallmarks of a messy divorce. If markets are …

Democracy overboard: Rupert Murdoch’s long war on Australian politics

Article Originally Published in The Guardian on the 7th of September 2019 Written by Kevin Rudd Link to Original Article Here Australia has become the complacent country. Complacent about its future economic competitiveness. Complacent about climate change. Complacent about how to navigate our future in the region given China’s rise, America’s response and a neighbourhood increasingly torn between the two. …

Let’s cool it on the anti-China hysteria

Article Originally Published in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 6th of September 2019 Written by Kevin Rudd Link to Original Article Here The most important thing about Australia having a national China strategy is to have one. At present, we do not. What we have instead is a government with a series of attitudes about China, rather than a …

Defining Australia’s national identity

Article Originally Published in The Saturday Paper on the 31st of August 2019 Written by Kevin Rudd Link to Original Article Here There is a danger in the collective West, including Australia, that we become a people increasingly overwhelmed, confused and frightened. We do so in the face of the intensity, complexity and rapidity of mega-changes washing over us. Among …

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 …

Recession is on the way but will the Coalition have guts to act?

Article Originally Published in the Australian Financial Review on the 29th of August 2019 Written by Kevin Rudd Link to Original Article Here   There is a great complacency emerging in our current economic policy settings. Complacency about the risk of recession. Complacency about long-term economic reform. Both are part of what in recent years has become the complacent country …