The Case for Engagement with Asia

"Australia needs a step change in our economic relationship with Asia.

Our economic relationship with Asia has been integral to our twenty-six years of uninterrupted economic growth.

But Asian economies are changing, and Australia isn’t keeping up.

We need a step change in our thinking. Not tinkering, not gradualism, but a fundamental whole of government, indeed whole of nation, effort to deepen and broaden our engagement with Asia.

In the spirit of frank talk, I put it to you that we pay Asia lip-service in Australia."


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