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Live-stream: Kevin Rudd on Australia’s Post-Pandemic Future


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What are the origins of COVID-19? How could the pandemic’s spread have been better contained? 

These are fraught and complex questions. Finding the right forum to ask them is a diplomatic minefield. How will Australia’s call for a World Health Assembly investigation affect our relationship with China and other major global players? Is a truly independent and transparent investigation possible? 

Kevin Rudd will join Sally Warhaft for a live-streamed Fifth Estate discussion of these questions and more. As president of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York, a former Australian diplomat in China, and, of course, our former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Rudd will share his experience leading Australia through its last economic crisis, his insights into how the pandemic is likely to alter international relations, and his thoughts on how Australia can continue to manage the far-reaching economic and political impacts of COVID-19.


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Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-10, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-12). Since 2014, he has been President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York.  In office, Mr Rudd led Australia’s response to the Global Financial Crisis, reviewed as the most e... Read more

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