Australia in the World
Australia in the World
Advocating for a Broader Vision of Australia’s Place in the World
At the Whitlam Institute we acknowledge the need for Australia to define its national interest abroad in a principled but realistic way, in line with our core values, proprieties and resources. Acknowledging that Austalia’s national interest lies primarily in the challenges and opportunities facing the Asia Pacific, along with its key relationships with its bilateral and regional partners. Acknowledging the need to connect to Australia’s foreign policy objectives with its domestic interest and priorities:
Our objective is to promote an engaged, curious, collaborative, compassionate, responsible and contributory Australian foreign policy. An Australian public policy dialogue that sees value in engaging with and participating in global discourse and action, including beyond our immediate region, for reasons beyond any immediate tangible direct dividend. An Australia that sees itself as part of the world, with a shared stake in the fate of humanity and the planet. We wish to promote a serious, frank and fearless public policy debate within Australia about how we determine our national interest. An Australia that knows it has something to learn from the experience of others, and feels a responsibility to share our own strengths and what we have learned in our experience with the world. That can bring together different aspects of our international engagement – diplomacy, development, humanitarian aid, scientific, cultural and artistic exchange, peace and security in a coherent way.
We invite Australians and friends of Australia who care about how Australia is perceived in the world, who know and believe in the contribution that Australia and Australians make all over the globe to join this comversation. People who want to share and learn from other Australians’ experiences in the global community, and who want to capture those experiences to help inform Australian policy, in particular its foreign and development policies.
We would be glad to partner with other organisations and individuals, here or abroad, working in this space. If you support this vision please get in touch.
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG reviews Whitlam’s particular interest in international law and relations. His strong emphasis on international law, and treaty law in particular, was timely, and became a signature theme of his government and life.
The UN estimates that 90% of casualties in contemporary conflicts are civilians, the majority of whom are women and children, but despite this impact fewer than 4% of signatories to peace agreements and less than 10% of negotiators at peace tables are women.
r Adam Hughes Henry, E. G. Whitlam Research Fellow
A lunchtime seminar hosted by the Whitlam Institute on Wednesday, 21 November 2018.
Dr Adam Hughes Henry presented a seminar on his research exploring some of the philosophical foundations of the Whitlam approach to human rights and international law. Dr Hughes Henry’s research was responded to by Professor Frank Bongiorno, Emeritus Professor James Cotton, Associate Professor Roderic Pitty and Dr David Lee. A stimulating discussion was moderated by Whitlam Institute Director Leanne Smith.
Offering a unique perspective as a diplomat, academic and Australia's first Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Dr FitzGerald called on Australia to be confident in pursuing a foreign policy that is independent and also which has a keen eye to our own national interests, and that is principled and consistent both domestically and abroad.
As the government looks to frame our engagement with the world in the years ahead, Associate Director Leanne Smith argues that we must find a better coherence between our domestic and foreign policy based on the core principles of our democracy.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, in the Perspectives paper, The Role of International NGOs: The International Crisis Group as a Case Study, examines how non-state actors are increasingly of more importance in the prevention and resolution of crisis and conflict.
These documents are the raw materials of history. In transporting us back to the threshold of a new era in Australia-China relations, these documents remind us that what is was not also so, and that mature foreign policy requires mature leadership.
FitzGerald’s evocative telling of the story in this ‘part memoir’ captures the passions and tensions, the enthusiasms and the political daring of the adventure that it was. More than this, it elucidates its historical significance. Deep within its folds you will find more than a few pointers to the challenges confronting contemporary policy-making concerning our relationship with China.
In a speech delivered to a large audience which included politicians from both sides of the House, Mr Fraser called for greater cooperation between political parties. His wide ranging address also covered issues of immigration and foreign affairs including the nation's alliance with the United States and our relationship with China.
The Whitlam Institute is delighted to host a Melbourne screening of The Scribe, a superb documentary on the ‘Donald Bradman’ of speech writing – Graham Freudenberg. Featuring a post-screening Q&A with director and producer Ruth Cullen, long-serving politician the Hon. Barry Jones AO, speechwriter to Kevin Rudd James Button, Whitlam historian Professor Jenny Hocking and Whitlam Institute Director Leanne Smith, this compelling event is a must-see for all political enthusiasts.
The Whitlam Institute is delighted to bring together a remarkable group of experts, including NATO's Special Representative Ms. Clare Hutchinson, for an ‘In Conversation’ event about Women, Peace and Security, to consider how the landscape has evolved over the last two decades, how Australia is faring in the global context, and what’s next for WPS.
The Whitlam Institute is delighted to host a screening of The Scribe, a superb documentary on the ‘Donald Bradman’ of speech writing – Graham Freudenberg. Featuring a post-screening Q&A with director and producer Ruth Cullen, the Hon. John Faulkner and Michael Cooney, this compelling film is a must-see for all political enthusiasts.
The Whitlam Institute is delighted to host the first Parramatta screening of Border Politics and Q&A with director and producer Judy Rymer, Julian Burnside AO QC and former refugee Hayat Akbari. This powerful documentary follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside QC as he travels the globe examining the treatment of refugees in today’s world.
The Whitlam Institute is pleased to announce an exciting upcoming event Run For Your Life: Former NSW Premier and Foreign Minister Bob Carr in conversation with Whitlam Institute Chair the Hon. John Faulkner.
As part of the memoir-launch, Carr and Faulkner will offer audiences personal insight into the Whitlam legacy and in particular the impact Gough Whitlam had on one of Labor’s most long-serving and formidable leaders.
Jointly hosted by the Challenging Racism Project, the Whitlam Institute and the Asia Society, this symposium is not to be missed.
With an official welcome from WSU Deputy Chancellor Liz Dibbs and opening remarks by Tim Soutphommasane (Race Discrimination Commissioner) and Philipp Ivanov (CEO of Asia Society Australia), the event will provide a forum to discuss contemporary challenges facing the Chinese Australian community.
In these challenging global times, the SDGs offer us a roadmap for what it might take to achieve a sustainable future for us all. They represent in the truest sense, an opportunity to think globally and act locally for the future of humanity and the planet.
A thought-provoking presentation from Australian lawyer Paul White as he draws on his extensive experience in humanitarian crises around the world and asks, “Can civilians be better protected in conflict?”