SMH: Trouble With Paradise

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald Few Australians would have heard much about the dramatic schism at the Pacific Islands Forum last week, but its consequences for our region could be long-lasting and disastrous. Fiji’s suspension from the forum in 2009 presented a serious political crisis for the institution. But through active Australian and New Zealand leadership, working with …

Foreign Affairs: Short of War

Originally Published in Foreign Affairs Magazine in the March Edition 2021 Officials in Washington and Beijing don’t agree on much these days, but there is one thing on which they see eye to eye: the contest between their two countries will enter a decisive phase in the 2020s. This will be the decade of living dangerously. No matter what strategies …

Remarks: National Apology Breakfast – Kevin Rudd

THE HON KEVIN RUDD AC Co-chair, National Apology Foundation 26th Prime Minister of Australia   Remarks: National Apology Breakfast 12 February 2021 It’s been my pleasure every year since 2011 to be in Sydney for the anniversary of the Apology. First at Government House. Then at Parliament House. Both within a stone’s throw of where European occupation and settlement of …

AFR: Rod Sims’ big tech fixation blinds him to Murdoch’s monopoly

First published in the Australian Financial Review on 8 February 2021 It’s understandable that Rod Sims worries about emergent digital monopolies. They are huge. But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman’s fixation on new media monopolies has blinded him to existing ones – especially Rupert Murdoch’s 70 per cent stranglehold on print readership. As Sims recently told The Australian …