In a speech to the Asia Society, Chris Bowen has delivered an honest and forthright assessment of where we stand right now with our nearest and most important neighbours.
You weren't expecting high-minded policy debate in Parliament, were you? You only got muckraking, mendacity and malice this week. With barely an ounce of wit.
The federal government's Asian white paper highlights the contribution the arts sector can make to engagement with the region. Local artists and institutions are already reaching out.
It's the Asian century, so why is nobody there covering it? The AFR continues to bleed advertising revenue. And the offensive headline on The Daily Telegraph website.
Are we unprepared for the so-called Asian Century? A new report saying we rate poorly on Asian knowledge and languages is a wake-up call to corporations, writes business journalist Charis Palmer.
It seems counter-intuitive when one considers the Asian presence -- students, visitors and trade. But we are probably less Asia-ready than we were 20 years ago, says John Menadue.
Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser submitted this paper to the government in response to its white paper on the Australia in the Asian Century.
If there is a conceptual shift on display in yesterday's white paper launch, it is from Australia's firm attachment to the construct of the Asia Pacific towards the "Asian Century", writes Graeme Dobell.