Speeches | 28 October 2012

Opening remarks on launch of Asia Century White Paper

Dr. Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, gave opening remarks ahead of the Prime Minister's address to launch the 'Australia in the Asian Century' White Paper.

Dr. Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, gave opening remarks ahead of the Prime Minister's address to launch the 'Australia in the Asian Century' White Paper.

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Key Findings

  • The challenge this White Paper poses to all of us – government, business, universities, think tanks, schools and individuals – is to thicken our connections to Asia. To engage the region wholeheartedly. There is a big opportunity here. To seize it, we’ll need energy and focus and imagination.
  • But Australia didn’t need to pivot to Asia. We were already facing it head-on. All you recent predecessors have understood Asia’s importance.