If we want the space to wonder and dream, we have to be able to find some hope in the future.
Central Australia is part of the country that I think we could benefit from a much closer understanding. Its future will say a lot about the type of country that Australians call home in 2031.
In my conversation with Ben Bland, Director of the Lowy Institute's Southeast Asia Project, we look at how Australia is positioning itself in Southeast Asia, what this means in terms of foreign relations and the big question for this episode: how will Australia engage with South East Asia in 2031? Have a listen!
I make the case that in 2031 a thriving economy is one where the well-being of the community is at the heart of planning and decision making.
While many inconsistencies remain, there is hope that a more diverse face of Australia will eventually put to rest ambivalence and misdirection in Canberra.
Sometimes I feel the pressing weight of familiarity but most days I still feel that the window of exploration is well and truly open.
After returning from life on the road, I spent some time thinking about ‘what’ as opposed to ‘where’ I would like to explore.
In a few days, much of Australia will move to further ease restrictions that have stopped our worst health fears in their tracks. The changes are already palpable in Melbourne.