A larger Australia: Dr Michael Fullilove's Boyer Lectures 2015

A larger Australia: Dr Michael Fullilove's Boyer Lectures 2015

A larger Australia: Dr Michael Fullilove's Boyer Lectures 2015

Updated 19 October 2015, 11:24 AEDT

One of Australia's leading foreign policy thinkers Dr Michael Fullilove, is delivering this year's Boyer Lecture series for the ABC. In his final lecture he calls for a larger and more ambitious foreign policy.  He says Australia now finds itself on the centre stage, but staying there is the challenge.

Dr Fullilove, who is the executive director of the Lowy Institute of International Policy is examining Australia’s place in the world in light of the current challenges to the global order and the shift of wealth and power eastwards, towards Asia. 

To highlight the importance of Australia's relationship with Asia, the first lecture was presented at Peking University, Beijing - the first time a Boyer Lecture has been delivered outside of Australia.

The 2015 Boyer Lectures: A larger Australia

In his first lecture, titled "Present at the destruction" Dr Fullilove explains the crumbling of world order and says that as wealth and power shifts to the East, Australia finds itself in a new and precarious position.

Lecture 1: Present at the destruction:  Listen and read transcript 

In his second lecture, Dr Michael Fullilove examines how the dizzying rise of China has pulled Australia onto a new world stage as a key player, a leap that calls for a serious examination of foreign policy. 

Lecture 2: A three-dimensional foreign policy:  Listen and read transcript


In his third Boyer lecture, Michael Fullilove argues the need for a larger politics and some big thinking on the economy in order to respond to global challenges, like immigration and climate policy.

Lecture 3: Foreign policy begins at home: Listen and read transcript

In the final of the 2015 Boyer Lectures series, Dr Michael Fullilove calls for a larger and more ambitious foreign policy; one that ensures that our national interests once again align with our national capabilities.

Lecture 4: The birthplace of the fortunate:  Listen and read transcript


The 2015 Boyer Lectures were broadcast on ABC Radio National.