SMH: A Date for Our Shared Destiny

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on 25 January, 2021 Australians have plenty to celebrate on Australia Day. Unfortunately, every year we find ourselves debating whether one distinction in particular – our choice of date for our national day – is worth celebrating at all. National days around the world typically mark the anniversaries of national …

Nikkei Asia: China’s faltering performance on economic reform

This article first appeared in Nikkei Asia on 19 January 2021. Kevin Rudd is president and CEO of the Asia Society. He was Australia’s 26th Prime Minister. Daniel H. Rosen is a founding partner of Rhodium Group and leads the company’s work on China, India and Asia. Chinese President Xi Jinping is starting off 2021 feeling supremely confident about China’s …

Crikey: Murdoch cannot whitewash his role in the most destructive presidency in US history

This article first appeared on Crikey on 12 January 2021. Donald Trump may have lit the match that caused his country’s turmoil, but it was Rupert Murdoch who crammed the joint full of explosives. His systematic manipulation and radicalisation of the American right-wing polity at large, and the Republican Party in particular, should ring alarm bells throughout our nation, including …

Letter: Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

Mr Chris Moraitis Secretary Attorney-General’s Department 3-5 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 23 December 2020 Dear Mr Moraitis, Re: Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act I refer to your letter of 25 November 2020, which expressed the view that I have registration obligations under this scheme’s special imposition on former cabinet ministers, despite the fact that I undertake no activities on …

Statement: Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)

Thérèse and I were deeply saddened today to learn of the death of Michael Jeffery, the former Governor-General of Australia. Michael was a good Governor-General. He was appointed to the office after a period of controversy concerning his predecessor and worked hard to return the office of Governor-General to one of universal respect. Michael was appointed by my predecessor, John …