Andrew Charlton was Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s senior economic adviser, and is the author of Ozonomics. In the latest Quarterly Essay, Andrew outlines Australia’s history as an economic opportunist, bereft of a long-term national strategy.
He questions whether current and future governments will consider the consequences of over-reliance on China and form a grand plan for our economic independence. Is Australia’s moment in the sun coming to an end?
In conversation with Private Media’s editor in chief, Sophie Black.
Sophie Black is head of publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the national to writers scheme The Next Chapter, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013, she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and the human rights publication Right Now.
Andrew Charlton was senior economic adviser to the Prime Minister from 2008 to 2010.
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