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A Larger Australia

Addressing the media after his successful leadership challenge last year, Malcolm Turnbull stressed his vision for an agile, forward-looking Australia. ‘We can’t be defensive,’ he said, promising a government that would ensure Australia can thrive, ‘as the world becomes more and more competitive and greater opportunities arise’.

But beyond the rhetoric – in practical foreign policy terms – what will it take to achieve a thriving, competitive 21st-century Australia? In this election year, which parties have the smartest foreign policy plans? And, in a more complex, competitive world, does Australia need to be bigger to be better?

Michael Fullilove is an author, historian and executive director of the Lowy Institute. In his recent Boyer lectures, he argued that Australia must be smarter, shrewder and larger to capitalise on the changing world order. In conversation with Sally Warhaft, he’ll discuss why we need a bigger population and a bigger economy. Join us for a discussion of foreign affairs, population and thinking big.

Who?

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Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Portrait of Michael Fullilove

Michael Fullilove

Michael Fullilove is the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Fullilove writes widely on Australian foreign policy, US foreign policy and global issues in publications including the New York Times, Financial Times, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Australian press. He is a sought-after speaker and commentator in Australia and abroad, appearing on programs such as RN Breakfast7.30 and the Charlie Rose Show

He is the editor of Men and Women of Australia! Our Greatest Modern Speeches (Viking), and the co-editor, with Anthony Bubalo, of Reports from a Turbulent Decade (Viking), an anthology of the Lowy Institute's best work. He is also the author of Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World (Penguin), which won the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

The Fifth Estate

Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.

Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.

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