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The Adolescent Country: A Lowy Institute Paper (Penguin Special)

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The great crises that threaten Australia's national prosperity come from abroad. So do the grandest opportunities. But in Australian politics the big matters are commonly crowded out by the small. International policy is used for domestic point-scoring. Leaders are criticised for travelling beyond the water's edge. Measured against its potential today and its needs

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Kindle Edition, 75 pages
Published November 5th 2014 by e-penguin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
There's a strange disconnect in this book. The target of Hartcher's ire is largely the politicians, yet his examples of success are largely instances of policy and his examples of failure those of the wider public debate, led as much by the media and public as the politicians themselves. As such, the book manages to point to a flaw, but never quite grasps its hands around why it exists or how to resolve it.

Hartcher claims a major cause of this problem is that our political class treat foreign
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Peter Hartcher is the political and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. His books include Bubble Man, The Sweet Spot and To the Bitter End. His first Quarterly Essay, Bipolar Nation, was published in 2007.
“These are but two, telling examples of the sad priorities in Australian affairs. The leaders entrusted to protect the country’s place in the world are the same people who have to protect their own positions in power. High policy must compete for time and attention with low politics, as well as domestic policy. The big matters are commonly crowded out by the small. International policy is used for domestic point-scoring.” 0 likes
“In the contest for attention between the revival of the world economy and domestic politics, there was no contest at all. The world economy lost. It was an example of the fatal weakness of the Rudd prime ministership; as he sometimes remarked to staff in his first term as prime minister: ‘We are policy rich and execution poor.” 0 likes
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