The United States Studies Centre hosted a virtual address and in-conversation event with Senator the Hon Penny Wong to launch the United States Studies Centre report “Correcting the course: How the Biden administration should compete for influence in the Indo-Pacific.”

Senator Wong delivered her remarks on “Australia's contribution to American engagement in the Indo-Pacific” in the wake of this month’s announcement of the AUKUS pact, the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty and the Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Washington DC. She then joined report co-authors Susannah Patton and Ashley Townshend for a discussion on the United States’ role in the Indo-Pacific region and the way forward for Australian policy.

Senator the Hon Penny Wong is Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. Senator Wong was elected to the Senate in 2001 and took her seat in 2002. In 2004, Senator Wong was elected to the Shadow Ministry. Following the election of the Labor Government in 2007, she was appointed the Minister for Climate Change and Water. After the 2010 election, she was appointed the Minister for Finance and Deregulation. In 2013, Senator Wong was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of government, she was appointed the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Senator Wong is the first woman to hold both these roles.