Crikey: Morrison should not be attacked for his faith. But he should tell us how it affects his politics

Written by Kevin Rudd Australians entrust their political leaders with extraordinary powers in our secular Commonwealth, and Australians deserve a clear understanding of the major influences that guide their decisions. This applies to secular influences — such as their political philosophy, campaign donors and formative experiences. It also applies to the religious influences that sway them as they discharge their …

FT: Xi Jinping’s Evergrande dilemma has repercussions far beyond China

First published by the Financial Times on 15 October 2021. Since coming to power, Chinese president Xi Jinping has had to deal with three overriding priorities. First, a domestic economy that is both slowing and increasingly unequal. Second, an adversarial geopolitical environment, resulting largely from Xi’s own quest to change the regional and global status quo. And, finally and most …

SMH: Morrison must take more than spin to Glasgow talks

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 16 October 2021. Scott Morrison’s systematic weaponisation of climate change has played very well for him politically. Until now, that is. Australians overwhelmingly have grasped the reality of climate change. His cynical inertia has come home to roost. Now the Prime Minister has been shamed by the royal family into attending Glasgow …

Remarks: Australia-China Youth Dialogue 2021

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue brings together young leaders to deepen cooperation between the two countries. Its major partners include the Australian federal government. On 13 October 2021, Mr Rudd was interviewed at the annual symposium of the ACYD. The event was held under the Chatham House rule, so below is an edited transcript of his remarks. E&OE In response to a …

Nikkei Asia: China should now outline how it will reduce domestic carbon emissions

Article by Kevin Rudd and Thom Woodroofe. Kevin Rudd is a former prime minister of Australia and is the global president of the Asia Society. Thom Woodroofe is a former climate diplomat and a fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. Xi Jinping’s pledge to the U.N. General Assembly last week to halt China’s construction of coal-fired power plants abroad …

Der Spiegel: A Cold War with China Is Probable and Not Just Possible

Interview Conducted by Bernhard Zand The sparsely populated, prosperous and peaceful country of Australia doesn’t often find itself dominating the news cycle, but for the last several days, it has been the focus of governments in the United States, China and the European Union, the great powers in a tri-polar world order. Last week, Canberra, Washington and London reached agreement …