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 …

BBC World: Talking Business Asia

E&OE TRANSCRIPT TV INTERVIEW BBC TALKING BUSINESS ASIA RECORDED 24 MAY 2021 Journalist Welcome to the program, Mr Rudd. How badly are Australian businesses being hit by the current government’s pushback against China? Kevin Rudd Well, it takes two to tango in this business. China has taken a number of punitive measures against Australia and the Australian Government of course …

AIIA: Australia on the Road to COP26 – A Pathway of Inaction

Australian Institute for International Affairs ACT Branch 2021 Annual Dinner Canberra, 12 May 2021 Check against delivery It is a great pleasure to be back at the Australian Institute of International Affairs. I was asked to speak tonight about the changing global political, security and economic order and the role of middle order powers such as Australia. If there is …

SMH: Ill-disciplined chest thumping puts us at risk

Published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 8 May 2021 The Morrison government’s indisciplined commentary on the possibility of Australian military engagement in a future US-China war over Taiwan is politically juvenile and potentially damaging to our core national security interests. For 50 years Australian governments have not speculated publicly on what they would do in the event of a …

The Guardian: Scott Morrison’s partisan interpretation of biblical passages is disturbing for democracy

When the federation’s founding fathers were framing Australia’s constitution in the 1890s, there was intense debate about whether organised religion should get a guernsey. Fortunately, despite the religiosity of the Victorian era, sounder heads prevailed. Unlike in the United Kingdom, our antipodean commonwealth would have no established religion. Admittedly, “Almighty God” makes a single appearance in the constitution’s preamble, but …