With a change in government, there comes a new orientation for Australian foreign policy. Under the leadership of Foreign Minister Penny Wong — the first Asian and overseas-born Australian to hold that office — there have been attempts to reset many of Australia's relationships in the region, particularly with China.
But a hard reset isn't exactly on the agenda — the Albanese Government is continuing the AUKUS deal and remains steadfast in deepening the US-Australia alliance. So what new directions in foreign policy can the Labor Government define in this moment?
USSC Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Professor Peter Dean was interviewed for ABC Radio National's Big Ideas program, following a LaTrobe University webinar on 30 May 2023.