The path to achieving Australia’s national interests has become increasingly narrow under the current government. This limited, timid approach is already having consequences.
It has led us into a diplomatic cul-de-sac with China, our largest trading partner. With India a lack of sustained interest in its economy makes our new-found enthusiasm for a deeper relationship appear delusional, ad hoc and opportunistic. In addition, Australia’s foreign policy establishment remains suspicious of initiatives and thinking sourced from beyond its limited realm.
In short our once lively debate about Australia’s place in the world now rarely exceeds the superficial.