Why I donated to friendlyjordies’ legal defence fund

Politicians need thick skin. From your first day as a candidate, you should anticipate frequent public confrontations with aggrieved constituents, ear-splitting protesters, brash journalists and obnoxious commentators. It comes with the territory. When I was prime minister, the media would frequently camp outside my home, stake out my electorate office and throng my local church on Sundays. I even once …

Nikkei Asia: The world must stand by Southeast Asia in its fight against COVID

Written by Richard Maude and Kevin Rudd. The situation in India is a stark warning of what happens when new COVID variants rip through vulnerable communities. Today, a surge in infections in Southeast Asia that is costing lives and threatening to derail recovery from last year’s painful recession also demands global attention. As the highly contagious Indian and U.K. variants …

Project Syndicate: The Virus Next Time

Echoing recommendations made by earlier commissions that studied the growing risk of pandemics and the inadequate global system for dealing with them, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response has released precisely the policy blueprint that we need. World leaders must not dither in implementing it. BRISBANE – As more developed countries begin to feel as though they have …

Vale Duncan Pegg MP

With Duncan Pegg, Premier Palaszczuk and others at his community farewell in Sunnybank in May 2021. They don’t make local representatives more decent than Duncan Pegg. Duncan wasn’t lured into political life by ego or material gain; his overriding ambition was to improve the lives of the people he served. Beneath his softly spoken exterior beat the heart of a …

Reply to Murdoch’s “Australian”: On the Separation of Church and State

This is the response that Murdoch’s ‘Australian’ refused to publish — my answer to columnist Gerard Henderson’s erroneous defence of Scott Morrison over the separation of church and state. You can read Henderson’s original here, which misquotes my piece in the Guardian. Australians deserve to understand clearly the influences that guide the nation’s political leaders, whom they entrust with the extraordinary …

Project Syndicate: Our Responsibility to South Asia

Almost one-quarter of humanity lives on the Indian subcontinent. That fact is easily forgotten elsewhere, as world leaders focus on combating outbreaks of COVID-19 and its new variants within their own countries. But when our descendants pass judgment on this moment in history, they won’t remember just the lockdowns, face masks, and vaccination programs. They will also remember India and …