The Lowy Interpreter is running a series where their experts explain, in (theoretically) 100 words or less, what they regard as the most important international policy issue of this campaign. I’m intrigued enough to think that the thoughts of a interested, but non-member, of the IR community would be enlightening, and narcissistic enough to think it can be me.
In a globalised world, or the Asian Century, all issues are both domestic and international.
I believe Australia has done the most good in the world, and can continue to do so, simply by managing itself well, providing an example to learn from. This can range from demonstrating the general virtues of democracy and multiculturalism, to specific policy, like HECS, Australian ballots or water trading.
Foreign policy means nothing except how it improves lives, and summits and speeches have always done less than practicing mundane good management. Australian democracy should continue to lead in Asia by focusing on the latter.