China Dialogue: China’s commitment on HFCs sends key signal

By Kevin Rudd China’s domestic ratification of the second biggest climate deal after the Paris Agreement – the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which governs super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – is a welcome sign, including of Beijing’s desire to continue to keep an open mind when it comes to the possibility of future US–China climate cooperation. The 2016 Kigali Amendment …

Canberra Times: Activists should direct protests at Tories

By Kevin Rudd The fact that hundreds of human beings seeking asylum continue to be indefinitely detained at the behest of the Australian government is a tragedy. It is immoral. And it is illegal. Scott Morrison could end this today without “restarting the boats”. But he refuses. His cold political calculation is simple: in the Liberal Party’s toxic leadership battles, …

DevPolicyBlog: The drought we all seem to have forgotten about

One of my most vivid childhood memories is waiting for the rain. Growing up on a farm in regional Queensland, our house was not connected to the town’s water supply. We relied on rain for everything – from our health, to our livelihood. On that farm I learned that water is life. Access to clean water underpins just about every …

Foreign Policy Magazine: Managed Strategic Competition

The main driver of this new era is no longer economic globalization but, increasingly, great-power competition. This competition—primarily between China and the United States—will dominate nearly every policy domain: trade and investment, financial markets, information technology, biotechnology, foreign policy, military power, and ideology. It will also dominate nearly every region of the globe as it draws countries, corporations, and institutions …

The Sydney Morning Herald: Greg Hunt has failed to vaccinate the nation and must go

A defining quality of our Westminster parliamentary democracy is that cabinet ministers are held personally responsible for serious policy or performance failures in their portfolios. Across the decades, ministers have been kept on track by the knowledge that grave errors on their watch will result in their removal. This principle lies at the heart of accountable government. In 2009, I …