Worried about North Korea with all the ramped up rhetoric? I spoke to ABC Radio National Breakfast about the role South Korea might play - and of course what the US, China and Australia are doing. You can have a listen online. ( and apologies for the quality of the phone connection.)
On North Korea, it's time for cool heads and hard diplomacy. There are three points of leverage for the Chinese: - first, they could clamp down on North Korean coal exports to China, which currently provide the North Koreans with the bulk of their foreign exchange; - second, China could use financial sanctions against the North; - the third and most difficult option would be for China to ratchet down the supply of Chinese oil into North Korea. My thoughts on CNN International as President of the Asia Society Policy Institute.
The 102nd ANZAC Day. Thank you to all our veterans from all wars. Lest we forget. Meet Scotty and Catherine Morris and Chris and Melissa Gates here at the pre-ANZAC Day service here at the ANZAC Gardens here in New York. Scotty is the Australian Military Attaché to the Australian mission to the UN. Chris on assignment inNew Jersey for defence procurement. Both doing a great job for Australia. Dawn service about 12 hours from now. KRudd
Greetings from Di and Kelly from Brissie. In NYC there's a pre- ANZAC Day Sunday service held at ANZAC Gardens at the Rockefeller Center just opposite Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Big Dawn Service here on Tuesday. KRudd
To fix the problem of 1.6 billion people in the world without proper sanitation means unlocking domestic investment in those countries. This can either come directly from government and general taxation. Or it can come from charging a fee, however small. Or it can be self-financed by local communities and individuals using micro-credit. They key is unlocking finance from wherever it comes. Here’s a few remarks of mine last night chairing the joint meeting of Finance, Water and Sanitation Ministers from Africa, Asia and Latin America in my capacity as chair of the Global Partnership on Sanitation and Water for All.
Had a great chat with Swaziland's Minister for Natural Resources and Energy, Jabu Mashwama, at the Sanitation and Water for All meetings in Washington DC. She's Vice President of the AMCOW -African Ministers Council on Water, and a passionate advocate for the sanitation and water sector. Swaziland Water Services Corporation doing good work in the field.
Gidday Australia. More #aussiesabroard. Meet Josh and Jordan. Both from Sydney. Josh studying French Horn in New York. Jordan musical theatre at NYU. Both seriously talented. Ran into them at Bluestone Cafe on Easter Sunday outside church. #aussiescandoanything
Ran into some more impressive young Aussies (and Kiwis too) overseas in my latest episode of #AussiesAbroad. These guys are students at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a very famous business school. I loved hearing how they got all the way over here in the US and what they plan to do in the future.
#ThrowbackThursday: On this day in 2008 I was honoured to announce the appointment of Quentin Bryce as Australia's first female Governor-General. She too came from country Queensland, and to this day remains a resolute and passionate advocate for women.
Day one of the President Trump-President Xi Jinping summit seems to have gone without controversy. There’s an interesting statement by President Xi reported in the Chinese media, where he recommends that he and Trump take this meeting as a new starting point in the U.S.-China relationship. He also goes on to ask where the relationship will stand in the next 45 years. He then says it depends entirely on the common political resolve of the two countries’ leaders. Xi then goes on to outline four sets of high-level working groups to deal with the whole spectrum of outstanding disagreements between the two, including trade, as well as “reaching agreement” on hard security questions including those on nuclear non-proliferation. That’s code language for North Korea. I discussed these and other aspects of the Xi-Trump meeting, as well as the U.S. strikes on Syria, on Bloomberg TV this morning. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-04-07/former-prime-minister-of-australia-trump-is-right-video