The US-China Relationship Needs a New Organising Principle

The US-China Relationship Needs a New Organising Principle The Hon Kevin Rudd AC President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York. China-US Think Tanks Online Forum Peking University 9 July, 2020 It’s good to be in this gathering and to follow Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Dr Kissinger. Foreign Minister Wang Yi before spoke about the great ship of …

Defence Strategy Is A National Scandal

The following statement was issued to the Sydney Morning Herald on 2 June 2020: There are major gaps with the Morrison Government’s 2020 Strategic Policy Update and associated Force Structure Review. It is long on rhetoric and short on delivery. My government’s 2009 Defence White Paper was the first to enunciate major changes in Australia’s strategic circumstances because of China’s …

AFR: Factional Thugs Rewrite Labor History

Kevin Rudd at the Bali Conference December 2007

Published in The Australian Financial Review on 24 June 2020 Ten years ago, the faceless men of the factions decided to remove Australia’s democratically elected prime minister. In the decade since, they have unsuccessfully sought to construct a narrative that their motives were noble. They weren’t. It was a crude grab for factional power, which Julia Gillard was happy to …

SMH & The Age: Super Assault is WorkChoices Mk II

Scott Morrison’s crusade against compulsory superannuation marks the greatest assault on the living standards of working Australians since John Howard’s WorkChoices industrial laws took the meat axe to wages and conditions. Using the bushfire and pandemic as political cover, Morrison is determined to fulfil the Liberal Party’s long-held desire to freeze the compulsory super guarantee levy at its current 9.5 …

Project Syndicate: China’s Economic Crossroads | by Kevin Rudd & Daniel Rosen

Given China’s failure to follow through on the marketization policies that it announced seven years ago, it is reasonable to be suspicious of the government’s latest reform push. Much will depend on what Chinese leaders fear more: disruptive change, or a creeping malaise of their own making. BRISBANE/NEW YORK – Back in 2013, the Chinese government laid out a policy …