Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh addressed a capacity crowd at the Australia India Institute’s Barry Street headquarters on Tuesday, March 26.
Senator Singh’s address, entitled Pivot to India: Why Australia needs to deepen ties with the subcontinent, sketched the contours of what successful engagement with India could look like. In doing so, the Senator endorsed the 2018 Australian government commissioned report An India Economic Strategy To 2035, written by former DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese AO.
The Senator highlighted the deep people-to-people ties between Australia and India, labelling Australia’s Indian diaspora as a ‘national asset’.
She also asserted that deepening Australia’s relationship with India should be a bipartisan issue, emphasising shared interests in regional institutions and in upholding a rules-based international order.
As Australia’s first parliamentarian of South Asian heritage, Senator Singh called for more representation of Australian-Asians in leadership positions across the public and private.
An interview between Senator Singh and Aii Fellow Dr Priya Chacko will be published on the Australia India Institute Podcast via all major podcast apps on Friday, March 29.
There is no country over the next 20 years that offers more opportunity to Australia, Australian business and our region than India, says Senator @Lisa_Singh speaking at the Aii pic.twitter.com/B4I6t4C1l0
— Australia India Institute (@AIinstitute) March 26, 2019
Thanks to @AIinstitute @unimelb @latrobeasia for hosting my talk on Pivot to India: Why Aust-India relationship needs to step up and discuss @australianlabor FutureAsia strategy. #australiaindia #pivot #india #asiancentury #indopacific #Diaspora pic.twitter.com/971tFjR805
— Lisa Singh (@Lisa_Singh) March 26, 2019