As the G-20 gets rolling in Brisbane, the Financial Times takes a look at the tenure of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott so far:
While in opposition Tony Abbott did not show much interest in international diplomacy. He opposed Australia’s bid to win a seat on the UN Security Council, derided Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for spending too much time overseas and eschewed global action to tackle climate change.But since becoming prime minister in September last year Mr Abbott has undergone something of a conversion, notching up more air miles than his predecessor, whom he mischievously labelled “Kevin 747”, during the equivalent period and showing more ambition in foreign affairs than anyone thought likely.
Expect more news like this. Australia and Canada are both rising powers with immense resource bases, quickly growing, well educated populations, solid economic policies for the most part and stable governing systems. They will both matter to the world more in the 21st century than they did in the 20th.