For our latest 5-minute Lowy lunch, I interviewed one of Australia's newest and youngest MPs, the Liberal Member for Mayo, Jamie Briggs. Jamie won the by-election for Mayo in 2008 after the retirement of former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
Yesterday, Jamie delivered an impassioned plea for Australia to resist the temptation to slide back into the bad old days of protectionism.
The Australia Network's Jim Middleton interviews Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley. The interview begins with an assessment of Kevin Rudd's performance as foreign minister, and then goes much broader. Watch video Read Post
For the first time in the country’s history (really, Australia?) an Aboriginal man has won a seat in Australia’s House of Representatives, the first indigenous person to be elected as an MP in the country’s century-long history as a... Read Post
Indonesia's democratisation and economic development have been tremendously beneficial developments for Australia. But Josh Frydenberg, former senior adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard and no... Read Post