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Global realities, domestic choices: How to renew a damaged world
Agenda for day 2


Indigenous Australia’s international outlook. Is government starting to catch up?

Indigenous Australians are now engaging internationally more than ever. What is driving this international outlook and in what areas are Indigenous Australians most active internationally? How is this international engagement informing, shaping and driving Australian domestic policy settings and the ways in which Indigenous Australians manage their own affairs? Where is the frontier? What types of international engagement will come next and can governments best support this?

Tony Dreise, Margaret Walter

Chair: Ian Anderson


Australia's accelerating green energy transition

Australia is installing solar and wind power at the fastest rate of any nation on a per capita basis. How can we best manage the challenges and opportunities presented by this rapid energy transition?

Dietmar Tourbier, Leeanne Bond, Martijn Wilder

Chair: Ken Baldwin


Renewal in the Pacific

How has COVID-19 affected the island states of the Pacific? What is the future economic, political and social outlook? Can Pacific regionalism be repaired after the deep rifts revealed by the fight to lead the Pacific Islands Forum in 2021. What should Australia do next?

Zed Seselja, Samson Vilvil Fare, Robert Sisilo, Hinauri Petana

Chair: Siobhan McDonnell


Does social media really cause political polarisation?

Social media is often blamed for political polarisation in democracies. Is this true? What can we do to make democracies and societies more resilient to misinformation and the amplification of extreme views?

Samantha Bradshaw, Erica Bell

Chair: Jill Sheppard


How do we coexist with China?

What is China’s political and economic trajectory and what does it mean for its relations with countries concerned about its nationalism, authoritarianism and assertive foreign policy? Is repair of major power relations possible, or does the clash of power and ideology doom us to confrontation, or even conflict? What models for relations between China and the United States and other countries like Australia, Japan and Indonesia are sustainable and which ones are optimum for Australia? Where should our foreign, trade and domestic policy settings go now?

Michèle Flournoy, Dino Patti Djalal, Justin Hayhurst, Akiko Fukushima

Chair: Louisa Lim


Tech wars: is technological globalism dead?

Technology is at the front line of US-China competition. The United States seeks to maintain technological leadership and China now wants technological independence. Both countries see same degree of technological decoupling as desirable and necessary. Is technological globalism dead? What policies are China and the United States pursuing and how much will the technological world separate into competing spheres and trusted supply chains. What are the economic, security and social implications for Australia and how should we respond?

Heather Evans, Tim Watts, Tobias Feakin, Tao Wang

Chair: Katharine Mansted


Re-imagining multilateralism and rules-based order

What does rules-based order mean in 2021? Will a new internationalist President in the United States drive renewal in the multilateral system? Or are the fractures in rules-based order created by major power competition and nationalism and populism too deep to repair? If repair is not possible, can the system be re-invented? Are there new forms of multilateralism that can help manage our major global challenges? What does Australian leadership in the multilateral system look like? Where should our voice be heard and how do we amplify it?

Thomas Wright, Sarah Teo, Heng Wang, Caroline Millar

Chair: Melissa Conley-Tyler


Forum wrap-up

Richard Maude, Heather Smith

Chair: Brian Schmidt


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