Age of the Dragon

Whoever wins the election, Kim Beazley should return as defence minister

Bradley Perrett
By Bradley Perrett
Updated March 16 2022 - 4:50am, first published January 28 2022 - 1:50am
Former US secretary of state John Kerry (left) is greeted by Kim Beazley, Australia's then ambassador to the United States, in 2014. Picture: Getty Images

We can't go on like this. We can't keep letting our defence policy drift as a result of ministerial inability to control the Defence Department.

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Bradley Perrett

Bradley Perrett is a regular ACM columnist with a focus on Australia's relationship with China, covering defence, strategy, trade, economics and domestic policy. He was based in Beijing as a journalist from 2004 to 2020. His articles are supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.