Power Shift: Australia’s Future between Washington and Beijing (Quarterly Essay 39)
Black Inc., $19.95 pb, 103 pp
The Japanese people should admonish each other every morning before breakfast not to let their guard down in foreign relations, and only afterwards proceed to eat.
Fukuzawa Yukichi, An Outline of a Theory of Civilization
Not for forty years have Australians had real arguments with their governments about international relations. Many marched in 2003 against the Iraq invasion, but were ignored. Now, if the national obesity rate is any guide, Australians spend more time eating, partying and sleeping than having the earnest pre-breakfast discussions about foreign relations that Fukuzawa recommended.