THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
SENATOR THE HON LISA SINGH
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER
LABOR SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
LECTURE ON AUSTRALIA-INDIA RELATIONS IN A CHANGING WORLD
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Tanya Plibersek, gave a lecture today on ‘the Australia-India Relationship in a Changing World’ at the Menzies Research Centre, in partnership with the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the University of Tasmania.
“With the visit of Narendra Modi to Australia last week, Australia’s relationship with the world’s largest democracy has been at the centre of national discussion” said the Deputy Opposition Leader.
“Only two months ago I visited India with Senator Singh to meet with political leaders, senior officials, academics and non-government organisations in New Delhi.
“Today I talked about the possibilities for the growth in the Australia-India relationship, building on our shared democratic values and the special connection that goes with the more than 400,000 people of Indian origin who live in Australia.
“The election of Modi has galvanized India and turned its focus out to the world” said Labor Senator Singh.
“The strength of our current relationship builds on the past work done by Labor Governments, including the pivotal visit by Julia Gillard to India in 2012.
“Prime Minister Modi visit to Australia this week marks another important milestone in our relationship.
“Mr Modi's visionary speech to the Australian Parliament highlighted his commitment to lift India out of poverty through social and economic development. Australia can play a key role in that vision," Senator Singh said.
“As two nations we share strong connections through democratic values, multiculturalism and of course cricketing culture. We can continue to grow our relationship into the future in trade, education, infrastructure development and tourism.”