Australia Turns Focus Toward Asia
MELBOURNE, September 28, 2011 — Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced today the commissioning of a white paper on Australia in the Asian Century.
"Asia has never been of greater global significance as global economic and strategic weight shifts from west to east," Gillard said at a luncheon hosted by Asialink and the Asia Society Australasia Centre.
Dr. Ken Henry, Australia's former Secretary of the Department of the Treasury, will lead the preparation of the white paper, which is expected to provide "the analysis and understanding which will ensure that every part of government is working with the same approach."
The luncheon was attended by more than 300 guests and viewed live online by hundreds more worldwide.
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