Reflections on G20

Below is a scrapbook of links and artifacts compiled 28 November 2014.

Australia – China

Billshorten.com.au
Speech to the National Press Club, Canberra, 26 November
Excerpt:

Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan worked incredibly hard to elevate the G20 to a leader-level gathering – and to secure the 2014 summit for Australia.

This was a once-in-a-generation chance to showcase our nation to the world – and all of us in Labor wanted it to be a success.

Then, on that Saturday morning, in eight excruciating minutes, the Prime Minister delivered a weird, cringe-worthy, ‘little Australia’ lecture to the global community.

And in those eight minutes, he writ low the greatest foreign policy opportunity our nation is likely to have for the next 20 years.

There he was, boasting about taking Australia backwards on climate change.

There he was, bemoaning the ‘massively difficult’ job he has as Australian Prime Minister.

Whining about the unpopularity of his GP tax and plan for his $100,000 degrees.

And presenting, live to the world, a negative character reference of his own people – the Australian public: blaming them, our people, for his government’s failures.

Damning our country as selfish, anti-modern, anti-reform and anti-change………

………You might have thought the Prime Minister would have had a clue as to China’s real intent, arriving as President Xi did, with a comprehensive market access agreement.

But even this didn’t tweak Tony Abbott’s intuition.

Instead of anticipating President Xi’s radical, bold ideas for a deeper relationship, the Prime Minister maintained his Government’s clumsy old-fashioned disposition towards China’s rising economic influence.

Dividing every complex foreign and economic policy decision into “goodies” and “baddies” and being satisfied with simply focusing on our significant trade relationship with China rather, than reaching for higher ground.

He missed an unparalleled economic opportunity for Australia.

Forfeiting membership of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a multilateral attempt to fill an $8 trillion infrastructure gap in our region.

Anti-corruption

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