Australia’s policy priorities in a global era

Australia’s policy priorities in a global era

Australian policymakers face competing economic and strategic priorities. Increasingly, Australia’s economic future is closely tied to relations with its East Asian neighbours. However, at a regional level it has simultaneously found it difficult to achieve the policy outcomes it would like – largely because
of the growing competition among the regional forums, which are supported by rival powers, in particular the US and China. For middle powers, like Australia, the G-20 grouping may offer a platform to achieve greater influence in the global economy.


  • Australian policymakers should have a frank, openended discussion with the people they represent about the complex nature of policymaking in the 21st century – one that acknowledges the limits of national autonomy
  • Australians should consider taking a more independent strategic position, as this may make foreign relations with rival powers more manageable
  • regional policymakers should consider avoiding relationships with overlapping and redundant institutions, and instead look to develop relations with fewer, more powerful and
    effective organisations
  • the G-20 should concentrate on fewer, more focused and achievable goals


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