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 special projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast mentoring scheme Signal Boost, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest.
Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media and she is the former editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director, sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and is co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.
Andrew Charlton was senior economic adviser to the Prime Minister from 2008 to 2010.
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