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Agenda for change - 2019

By Marcus Hellyer, Peter Jennings, Lisa Sharland, Michael Shoebridge, Patrick Walters, Huong Le Thu, Malcolm Davis, Rod Lyon, Brendan Nicholson, John Coyne, Danielle Cave, Tom Uren, Anthony Bergin, Paul Barnes, Fergus Hanson, Alex Joske, Isaac Kfir, Andrew Davies, Richard Herr, Kate Louis, Clare Paynter, Stephanie Copus-Campbell, Sam Bateman and Hugh Durrant-Whyte

In 2018, many commentators pronounced the rules-based global order to be out for the count. This presents serious challenges for a country such as Australia, which has been an active contributor and clear beneficiary of that order. The government that we elect in 2019’s federal election will be faced with difficult strategic policy choices unlike any we’ve confronted in the past 50 years.

This volume contains 30 short essays that cover a vast range of subjects, from the big geostrategic challenges of our times, through to defence strategy; border, cyber and human security; and key emergent technologies.

The essays provide busy policymakers with policy recommendations to navigate this new world, including proposals that ‘break the rules’ of traditional policy settings. Each of the essays is easily readable in one sitting—but their insightful and ambitious policy recommendations may take a little longer to digest.

Previous Agenda for change publications are also available here: 2016 and 2013.

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