SMH: PM Should ’Do More, Talk Less’ on China

This article first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 5 December 2020. Three decades ago, my then-boss Queensland premier Wayne Goss, shared with me one of the enduring truths of national (and international) politics: never punch below your weight. Yet that’s precisely what Scott Morrison did by responding personally, as Prime Minister of Australia, to an offensive tweet by …

Nikkei Asia: Why I’m Taking On Murdoch

Published in Nikkei Asia, 22 November 2020 Recent landmark moves by Japan, South Korea and China to embrace a pathway to net-zero emissions beg the question as to why other major economies such as Australia — and until now the United States — have been dragging their feet in the fight against climate change. Part of the answer, quite simply, …

SCMP: How the G20 Can Overcome Covid-19

By Kevin Rudd and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Published in the South China Morning Post, 21 November 2020 As two of the region’s leaders around the G20 decision-making table during the height of the last global recession in 2008 and 2009, we understand the power of the institution in a crisis. But after four years of the not-so-subtle degradation of the …

Washington Post: How Biden Could Get the US to lead on climate again

Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr By Kevin Rudd and Bill Hare Published by the Washington Post, 18 November 2020 President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to begin the process of rejoining the Paris agreement with the stroke of a pen. As important as this will be, a more significant demonstration of Biden’s determination to rejoin the international fight against climate change will come …