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Kevin Rudd to enter the lion's den

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Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Kevin Rudd will be speaking at the sixth Policymakers Forum organised by that lion’s den of ‘market fundamentalism’, the Centre for Independent Studies on Thursday 16 November. His topic will be ‘Australian Foreign Policy Challenges in the 21st Century’ and among other things he will discuss the differences between realists and neo-conservatives in foreign policy.

The event will be chaired by CIS Senior Fellow Owen Harries. It’s at 5.30 for a 6pm start at Deutsche Bank Place, Level 16, Corner Phillip and Hunter Streets Sydney. Registration is $15 general/$10 CIS members. Register by phone at 9438 4377 or register online via the CIS website.

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October 30, 2006 at 8:55 pm

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  1. Do the CIS have anything on in mid-December? Or in Brisbane in November?

    I should join, but it’d only be for the journal – I’d have trouble getting to any events.


    October 30, 2006 at 9:23 pm

  2. Owen Harries is impressive. Wish I could be there.


    October 30, 2006 at 9:31 pm

  3. Ok great. But honestly what could we ever learn from Rudd?


    October 30, 2006 at 9:44 pm

  4. JC – he is pretty sound on foreign policy. He’s one of the more pro-US people in the ALP.

    Jason Soon

    October 30, 2006 at 9:46 pm

  5. Harris and Rudd on foreign policy – sounds like a real love-in (between themselves) or a hate-in of the USA.


    October 30, 2006 at 9:46 pm

  6. whyisitso – you’re kidding right?

    Owen Harries is a traditional Cold Warrior who would’ve been quite happy with the Reagan foreign policy team. Don’t mistake criticism of the Trotskyite-Wilsonian foreign policy adventurism of the current administration for anti-Americanism.

    Just to stir the pot

    Jason Soon

    October 30, 2006 at 9:48 pm

  7. “JC – he is pretty sound on foreign policy. He’s one of the more pro-US people in the ALP. ”

    now that’s funny.


    October 30, 2006 at 9:59 pm

  8. Looks like Bush’s into a bit of the ol’ UTOPIAN ESCHATOLOGY, Jason 😉


    October 30, 2006 at 10:02 pm

  9. Seriously JC I see Rudd as a bit like Beazeley. They’re both temperamentally conservatives though not free marketeers, you could say they are pro-American conservative social democrats. That applies to their social and foreign policy outlooks.

    As for Harries he used to work for the Heritage Foundation and was the editor of the National Interest for chrissakes. Calling him anti-American is ridiculous. He is basically criticising American foreign policy as a concerned friend rather than gratuitously.

    Jason Soon

    October 30, 2006 at 10:08 pm

  10. I don’t think there’s an outlook or worldview driving the Bomber-Womble Iraq policy, Jason. It’s just poll-driven junk. They’re suggesting we need TROOPS back here for the fight against JI et alia. That’s just dumb.


    October 30, 2006 at 10:14 pm

  11. Jase
    I never said anything about harris. I just made the comment about Rudd. Cl is right though, you have these two idiots telling us we need out troops close to home base because we need to worry about JI.

    This is just swill. no reasonable peson could take them seriously. It would be far more honst of them to say they simply disgree wiith the war. What are they going to do project to Indonesia.

    This shows either of two things:
    1. They think we’re stupid, or
    2. They are.

    Neither possibility is good.


    October 30, 2006 at 10:26 pm

  12. If you go , you may want to ask Rudd what he means by bringing home the trrops to protect against JI. I would.

    Screw it , hold up. don’t ask him. I may actually show up and do it in person.


    October 30, 2006 at 10:28 pm

  13. You’re coming all the way to Sydney just to heckle Kevin Rudd? I’d pay to see that …

    Jason Soon

    October 30, 2006 at 10:31 pm

  14. Why not. These idiots of all stripes need to understand that if they are gonna treat us like idiots, they’re going to get it back it spades.

    He needs to tell us if he thinks there are JI in the high lands of Papua.

    Recently had a big argument with Costello and his tax policy. I asked him how it felt to be the biggest taxeater of all. We spoke for about 1/2 hour. Almost suggested he meet the Bird of Prey if he scrubbed up nicely… which he does… Bird I mean..


    October 30, 2006 at 10:45 pm

  15. I thought you were a Sydney native, jc.


    October 30, 2006 at 11:02 pm

  16. Naaa Lived there once though for about 4 years. Only rich dudes can afford to live there now.


    October 30, 2006 at 11:10 pm

  17. Although I will be in NSW on that day, I perfer to listen about nanomaterials and complexity than this political theatre.


    November 4, 2006 at 10:28 pm

  18. Boris
    If you’re going to be in Sydney, tell me and we could organise some drinks.

    Jason Soon

    November 4, 2006 at 10:34 pm

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