Have the Conservatives learnt nothing from the Iraq war? John Howard gave President Bush a blank cheque on Iraq - you never give the Americans a blank cheque before the event. There are multiple scenarios which could arise from the Korean Peninsula - and for Mr Turnbull to say Australia would automatically become militarily involved in the event of a North Korean attack is irresponsible in terms of our core national security interests. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/we-have-entered-into-a-difficult-and-dangerous-time/8802920
What would a “grand bargain” look like between China and the US on the future of the Korean Peninsula? I spoke with CNBC Squawk Box earlier: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/08/11/kevin-rudd-how-to-defuse-the-korean-crisis.html
Important piece today in China’s unofficial newspaper the Global Times on the response to any US attack on North Korea. Spoke with the BBC World Service today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05c49jc
There is a growing danger we are slowly sleepwalking into war on the Korean Peninsula. There is a way through all this. It requires a new diplomacy between China and the US around eliminating nuclear weapons in North Korea and a possible Grand Bargain on future of the Korean Peninsula more generally. My reflections in today's Financial Times. https://www.ft.com/content/91a91d40-7dd8-11e7-ab01-a13271d1ee9c
I remain proud of my government's actions to protect the Australian economy and hundreds of thousands of jobs during the global recession nearly ten years ago. Australia stood alone as the only advanced economy not to fall into recession. New research from The Australia Institute reveals that most Australians are also proud and have strong positive views on my government's overall response to the GFC. http://www.tai.org.au/content/global-financial-crisis-what-australians-think-10-years
I see the Murdoch media in Queensland are gearing up for their usual role in the next QLD election as the third member of the Coalition - together with the Liberals and the Nationals. Only the #Courier Fail could run a headline like this when the poll has the Labor Premier on 39% versus Coalition Leader on 27%; the Labor Leader as preferred Premier by 42% versus 30%; the Labor Party at 51% versus Coalition 49%. The Courier Fail's " balance and objectivity" during the two previous state elections, in defence of Campbell Newman and the demonisation of Anna Bligh, was worthy of the Soviet Union's Pravda. Nothing changes with this lot. A pity. The decomposition of a once great Queensland paper.
https://www.youtube.com/user/3DGASIA/videos In late Oct ’16 we went into a studio and recorded some live video and audio for a bunch of songs, both new and old. Turns out somebody other than us prematurely leaked it... although we didn't plan to release it like this, it's out. We think it's pretty cool. I think it’s on this site for now. Check it out!
The record of Turnbull's conversation with Trump is deeply damaging to Turnbull's credibility. Discussed the implications with CNN International this morning. http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/08/03/exp-style-of-diplomacy-questioned-between-u-s-and-australia.cnn
More bile from my good friends in Murdoch-land. But then again it is Murdoch, which means it no longer pretends to be journalism. Here's a question for fair and balanced journalism: when did Murdoch last launch a bucket of bile against John Winston Howard?
Hi Folks. Some of you may have seen on Twitter that I've finally written a book about my own time in political life. It's called "Not for the Faint-Hearted." Out 24 October published by Pan Macmillan Australia. Here're five minutes from me on what the book is all about. I'll follow up with a session on Facebook Live at 7 am this Thursday Australian Eastern Time. That's 5pm Wednesday New York time. Looking forward to it.