AFR: Seven Questions Morrison Must Answer

On the eve the government’s much-delayed financial statement, it’s time for some basic questions about Australia’s response. The uncomfortable truth is that we are still in the economic equivalent of ‘‘the phoney war’’ between September 1939 and May 1940. Our real problem is not now but the fourth quarter of this year, and next year, by when temporary measures will …

SMH: Stimulus Opportunity Knocks for Climate Action

By Kevin Rudd and Patrick Suckling As the International Monetary Fund recently underlined in sharply revising down global growth prospects, recovering from the biggest peacetime shock to the global economy since the Great Depression will be a long haul. There is a global imperative to put in place the strongest, most durable economic recovery. This is not a time for …

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 …