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Geoff Kitney

Geoff Kitney is a journalist who has covered Australia politics for more than 25 years and spent almost 10 years working as a foreign correspondent in Europe.

Articles by Geoff Kitney (13)

  • Foreign Affairs White Paper will be a big test for a public service in decline

    Just before he retired as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese gave a speech to the Institute for Public Administration in which he reflected on what he saw as a steady, long term erosion of the role of the public service in the affairs of the nation. It was, in effect, Varghese's valedictory oration, and despite his understated language, he made an alarming case.
  • US-China tensions set to test Australia's 45th parliament

    In one important respect, at least, it seems very likely that Malcolm Turnbull's election gamble will fail. Turnbull not only wanted to win the 2 July election. He wanted to make it a victory that brought greater certainty and clarity to national politics by cleaning out the Senate.
  • Plibersek's (and Labor's) journey to the centre

    It is not so long ago that the idea of a left-wing Labor woman as the Foreign Minister of Australia would have caused deep consternation, if not panic, in the foreign policy establishment and in the halls of power of key allies. But if, against the odds, the Labor Party wins the 2 July Federal election, the prospect of Tanya Plibersek becoming Australia’s next foreign minister has not ruffled a feather inside or beyond Australia. This is despite a political upbringing that was far to the left o
  • Testing times ahead for Julie Bishop, the celebrity foreign minister

    In an election campaign in which foreign policy barely rates a mention, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is playing a high profile and politically important role. Regular viewers of morning television programs will have become well accustomed to her appearances. Voters in key marginal seats will have had a very good chance of bumping into her. When trouble has struck the coalition campaign, the first face in the media putting the coalition’s case is often Julie Bishop’s.