Well, what do you know! Out of the blue, Australia suddenly has a very credible and thoughtful outline for a strategy to properly engage with our Asian neighbours, which came in speech by shadow treasurer Chris Bowen to the Asia Society on September 29.

Along with this strategy -- pitched as “FutureAsia" -- Bowen delivered an honest and forthright assessment of where we are (or rather where we are not) today with our most important relationship.