Paul Keating is one of the great Australian political leaders. His continued high international standing reflects his political and social achievements, his knowledge of world affairs and the close contacts that he maintains with national leaders and former leaders.
His distinguished political career began in 1969 when he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the electorate of Blaxland for the Australian Labor Party (ALP). In 1975, at the age of 31, he became a federal minister and held the portfolio of Minister for Northern Australia in the ALP Whitlam Cabinet. Between 1976 and 1983 Mr Keating served in the Opposition Shadow Ministry and was spokesperson for a number of portfolios including agriculture, minerals and energy.
With the election of a Labor national government in 1983, Mr Keating became Treasurer (Finance Minister), a position he held until 1991. This role saw him implement economic reforms that transformed the Australian economy. These included the progressive deregulation of the financial sector, the float of the Australian dollar, extensive tax reform and the dismantling of many protectionist barriers.
In December 1991 Mr Keating became Prime Minister and in March 1993 he led the ALP to an historic fifth term of government. As Prime Minister he continued his progressive reform program which included the establishment of a National Training Authority, a national superannuation scheme and labour market and training reforms that addressed Australia's long-term unemployment problems. The Keating Government also implemented the historic Mabo legislation that recognised the land rights of Australia's Indigenous people. Paul Keating also raised proposals for constitutional reform to facilitate Australia becoming a Republic.
Under the Keating Government, foreign relations focussed on developing independent national policies, recognising Australia's geographical position in the Asian region. Paul Keating took an active role in the development of APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and initiated its annual leaders' meeting with its commitment to a regional free trade agenda.
Mr Keating has been awarded Honorary Doctorates in Laws from Keio University in Tokyo (May 1995), the National University of Singapore (September 1999) and the University of New South Wales (April 2003).
As a political commentator he contributes articles to newspapers and international journals that discuss international, economic and social issues. His book Engagement: Australia Faces the Asia-Pacific examines Australia's foreign policy objectives and achievements during his term as Prime Minister and was published in March 2000. It has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. His most recent work, After Words was published in November 2011. Shortlisted for the Indie Awards 2012, After Words is a collection of Paul Keating's post-Prime Ministerial speeches, unique in Australian publishing by virtue of its scale and range of subjects.
Paul Keating is a frequent visitor to China and the Asian region and a sought after keynote speaker at major domestic and international conferences. He is an engaging orator, adept at delivering a formal paper or speaking extemporaneously. As a speaker, his special talent is pulling together disparate ideas, trends and facts to produce a 'big picture'-type analysis of the topic. His special areas span global and national economic, social and political issues. Paul Keating is a most articulate speaker with a wealth of international experience and a keen contemporary insight into global and domestic affairs.
You can read Paul Keating's speech 'The New Global Mosaic' here.
Paul Keating travels from New South Wales Australia
- Australia's Economic and Geopolitical Positioning
- Australia's Role in the Asia-Pacific Region
- Australia's Superannuation System
- Courage, Leadership and Vision
- Globalistaion: Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region
- Integrating the Four Wellbeings
- Is a New Agenda Required for These Challenging Times?
- Social, Economic and Political Issues From a Global Perspective
- The Ambient Climate Nurturing Australia's Growth Trajectory
- What Makes a Great Leader
- What the Furture Holds: The Short Term and Long Term
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