Annual Lecture in memory of Fiona Baranowski
Join us for a special presentation on one of the most pressing issues facing the world today – finding safe and durable solutions for refugees and other forced migrants globally.
Fiona Chong is a lawyer and was recently a Human Rights Fellow in the Master of Laws program at Columbia University. She has previously worked as a lawyer at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service and as a Postgraduate Public Interest Fellow at Refugees International. She and Jane McAdam are the authors of Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs: A frank, up-to-date guide by experts and Refugees: Why seeking asylum is legal and Australia's policies are not.
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China has become a key nation for Australia’s future – for our security, economy and identity. But what are China’s intentions when it comes to Australia? In this gripping account, Peter Hartcher shows how Beijing stepped up its campaign for influence, over hearts and minds, mineral and agricultural resources, media outlets and sea lanes. Reactions so far have included panic, xenophobia and all-the-way-with-the-USA, but the challenge now is to think hard about the national interest and respond with wisdom to a changed world. This urgent, authoritative essay blends reporting and analysis, and covers the local scene as well as the larger geopolitical picture. It casts fresh light on Beijing’s plans and actions, and outlines a way forward. “Australia and China have got rich together. For Australia, that is quite enough. But China’s government wants more. As much power and influence over Australia as it can possibly get, using fair means or foul. But ... what Beijing can get is limited not only by China’s abilities, but also by Australia’s will. In each case where Chinese officials or agents attempted to intrude, they met Australian resistance. And failed. For all its power, China is neither allpowerful nor irresistible. Australia can shape its engagement with Beijing.” Peter Hartcher, Red Flag Peter Hartcher is the political and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. His books include Bubble Man, The Sweet Spot and To the Bitter End. His first Quarterly Essay, Bipolar Nation, was published in 2007.
Thursday, 2 April 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre