University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis has highlighted the Australia India Institute's (AII) Task Force Report Beyond the Lost Decade in his monthly staff epistle:
"Australia's engagement with India presents a similar story of highs and lows, moments of serious interest and years of mislaid opportunity. Beyond the Lost Decade, a new report from the Australia India Institute, argues it is time to engage with India on diplomacy, trade, education and defence. The report team, led by AII Director Professor Amitabh Mattoo, draws on the expertise of the AII's six-member Perceptions Task Force including former Australian diplomat John McCarthy, Indian columnist Ashok Malik and former MP and now Vice-Chancellor's Fellow Maxine McKew.
“The release of Beyond the Lost Decade coincides with news this month that India has become the leading source of permanent migrants to Australia, surpassing Britain and China. So the time is right to correct long-held misunderstandings and build enduring links. As Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid noted in a memorable speech at the Australian War Memorial last year, we often hear that cricket is the one thing uniting Indians and Australians yet our national histories are linked far more deeply and go much further back than the first Test in 1947. 'Before we were competitors, Indians and Australians were comrades,' Dravid said. Beyond the Lost Decade seeks to recapture that spirit.