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Pivot to India: Why Australia’s relationship with the subcontinent needs to step up

Held on the 26th Feb 2019

at 6pm to

Add to Calendar 2019-02-26 18:00:00 2019-02-26 19:30:00 Australia/Sydney Pivot to India: Why Australia’s relationship with the subcontinent needs to step up

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For more than two decades, Australia has been riding the wave of the ‘Asian Century’. But to increase our ongoing prosperity and security, we need to forge stronger bonds with our Indo-Pacific neighbours. Chief among these is India, whose economy is now the world’s fastest growing and presents a myriad of opportunities, yet our linkages with the subcontinent remain distinctly underdeveloped. In this talk, Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh, discusses the steps that can be taken to improve Australia-India relations. It will draw in particular from the recently released India Economic Strategy Report by Peter Varghese AO, whose key recommendations are supported by both major parties.

About the Speaker

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Lisa Singh has been an Australian Senator since 2010, representing the state of Tasmania. She is regarded as the first woman of South Asian descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament and follows in the political footsteps of her grandfather Ram Jati Singh, a member of the Fijian Parliament in the 1960s. Her great-grandparents migrated from India to Fiji as indentured laborers under the British Scheme around the turn of the 20th century.

Lisa participated in the Australia-India Youth Dialogue in 2012, the Lowy Institute’s Australia-India Roundtables in 2012 and 2014 and Australia-India Leadership Dialogues in New Delhi in 2015 and 2018. In 2014, the President of India awarded her a Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award for her exceptional and meritorious public service as a person of Indian heritage in fostering friendly relations between India and Australia. In 2016 Lisa was appointed as a Board Member of the Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) at O.P. Jindal Global University in New Delhi. She has visited India several times on issues including foreign affairs, aid and development, human rights, environment, energy and workplace health and safety.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.

Presented by the Australian Institute of International Affairs.


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