Australia was born vulnerable. From its beginnings as a precarious convict settlement on the 'other side of the world', through the development of self-governing colonies, to Federation and beyond, recognising and dealing with vulnerability led Australians to embrace an insular attitude to the outside world, which in turn translated into state control over the economy and highly protectionist policies. So how did Australia transform from a protected, insular country to an outwardly focused, globalised one? And why, in the current economic climate, should Australia resist a return to its protectionist past? The Vulnerable Country begins with historical analysis of the interaction between politics and economics, covers the credit crunch of 2007 and culminates with the current global financial crisis. Tom Conley argues that now, more than ever, the state has a responsibility to promote diversification of trade while regulating economic activity and ensuring that the benefits of growth are spread as widely as possible.
01.03.2012 [The Australian] - He said government was encouraging universities to leverage their assets and borrow money to fund expansion, but low-interest loans for capital expansion would be a better solution. ADDITIONAL REPORTING: ANDREWTROUNSON.
26.02.2012 [The Australian] - Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie has indicated he is likely to back a Rudd government, having withdrawn his support for Ms Gillard earlier this year after she backed down on an agreement on poker machine reform. ADDITIONAL REPORTING: ANDREWTROUNSON.
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