'We must always recall the lessons of the 1930s,' Penny Wong writes. 'Humanity has seen what happens if we allow nationalism and xenophobia to take hold.'
The global pandemic has thrown the weaknesses of our global economic system into sharp relief. It’s also aggravated the animosity between America and China to an ugly and dangerous degree. In a new essay for Australian Foreign Affairs, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong sizes up the magnitude of change Australia faces in the Covid-19 era and its aftermath – pointing to the serious threats posed by a fraying global system and macho nationalism, to our economy, to our security and our national interests. She outlines foreign policy opportunities, too, including cooperation with South-East Asian and Pacific neighbours and reform to multilateral institutions like the World Trade Organisation.
Join us at this online event to discuss Australia's place in a changing world. Following an introduction from the University of Melbourne’s Professor Michael Wesley, Wong will expand on her ideas for consistency, discipline and creativity in Australia’s foreign policy future, in conversation with Laura Tingle.
Presented in partnership with Australian Foreign Affairs and the University of Melbourne.
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Penny Wong is the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Laura Tingle is chief political correspondent for ABC TV’s 7.30. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. She is the author of Chasing the Future: Recession, Recovery and the New Politics in Australia, In Search of Good Government and three acclaimed Quarterly Essays, Great Expectations, Political Amnesia and Follow the Leader. Her new Quarterly Essay on Australian and New Zealand is due out in late 2020.
Professor Michael Wesley is Deputy Vice Chancellor International of the University of Melbourne. He has extensive experience in international strategy and relations and has worked in higher education, government and the private sector. He has published on Australian foreign policy, Asia’s international relations and strategic affairs, and the politics of state-building interventions. His most recent book is Restless Continent: Wealth, Rivalry and Asia's New Geopolitics.