Australia Turns Focus Toward Asia

Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Julia Gillard MP

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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Media coverage:

"PM seizes reins on China links", Daniel Flitton, The Age (online)

"Ken Henry to oversee blueprint for building Asian ties", Sid Maher and Rowan Callick, The Australian (online)

"Enough talk, Julia Gillard, time to do something", Greg Sheridan, The Australian (online)

"Gillard gears for Asian growth spurt", Phillip Coorey, Sydney Morning Herald (online)

"Julia Gillard eyes plan for Asian growth", Phillip Hudson, Herald Sun (online)

"Gillard announces inquiry into Asian opportunities", Lateline, ABC (online)

"Govt launches major review of Asian links", Adam Gartrell, Sydney Morning Herald (online)

"Australia to probe risks, rewards of Asia boom", AFP (online)

"Julia Gillard commissions white paper to look at ways to exploit Asian boom", Ben Packham, The Australian (online)

"Speech to the Asialink and Asia Society lunch, Melbourne", Press Office | Prime Minister of Australia, website 

"Govt looks at relationship with Asia", Sky News (also on Trading Room). Also see video.

"Asia review may end up 'gathering dust'", Herald Sun (online)

"Govt commissions Asian white paper", Adam Gartrell, The Sydney Morning Herald (online)

"White paper to plot Australia's role in Asia", Ben Packham, The Australian (online)

"Australia's PM Says Strong A$ Is The New Status Quo", The Wall Street Journal

"Australian Government Commissions Project to Look at Asia Region", Robert Fenner,