An expert panel from The Australian National University discusses Australia’s changing roles and responsibilities in an increasingly globalised world.

In an age of ever-growing interconnectedness amongst countries, Australia finds itself having to face different obstacles and opportunities relating to trade, international security, and international law. But the changing nature of global dynamics has also encouraged greater discourse around inequality within countries’ own borders.

All things considered, the upcoming federal election could well be the deciding moment for Australia’s future. In this special Policy Forum Pod extra, a panel from The Australian National University looks at how Australia might chart a course through the challenges of a globalised world.


Shiro Armstrong is the Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre and Director of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research at ANU. He is also a Co-Editor and Co-Founder of both the East Asia Forum and East Asia Forum Quarterly.

Sharon Bessell is the Director of the Children’s Policy Centre at Crawford School, the ANU lead on the Individual Deprivation Measure Project, and Editor of Policy Forum’s Poverty: In Focus section.

Jacinta Carroll is the Director of National Security Policy at the ANU National Security College. She was previously the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre.

Meg Keen is Associate Professor at the Department of Pacific Affairs at ANU. She is also a senior policy fellow in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program at the university.


Catherine McGrath is one of Australia’s most experienced international affairs analysts and political commentators. Catherine was Chief Political Correspondent for SBS TV. She joined SBS after a 26-year award-winning career as foreign correspondent, political editor and ABC Asia Editor.

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This podcast is part of Policy Forum’s Australian Election coverage, and published in partnership with The Australian National University.

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