‘The case for engagement with Asia‘ (speech to the Asia Society), Chris Bowen, 29 September 2017 updated
Labor Shadow Treasurer says:
Australia needs a step change in our economic relationship with Asia. Our economic relationship with Asia has been integral to our twenty-six years of uninterrupted economic growth. But Asian economies are changing, and Australia isn’t keeping up.
We need a step change in our thinking. Not tinkering, not gradualism, but a fundamental whole of government, indeed whole of nation, effort to deepen and broaden our engagement with Asia.
If we want to keep up our record of economic growth, if we still want our place in the G20 in decades to come, I can think of few more important things to do than significantly improve our trade, investment, education and cultural links with Asia.