Book: “There goes the neighbourhood”

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Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Wesley this month releases There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia. At the heart of the book is a paradox: Australia is richer than it has ever been after two decades of prosperity, and has escaped relatively unscathed from the global financial crisis. Our riches stem from our increasing trade engagement with the world, especially the flowering Asian economies to our north, and yet as a nation we are increasingly insular, complacent and incurious about that world. Upheavals are afoot, and it seems we don’t want to know. “Australia is entering a strange new world”, argues Wesley, “for which it is nowhere near psychologically or attitudinally prepared.”
Neighbourhood Watch
Luke Stegemann, Adelaide Review May 2011

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