Lowy Institute

Lowy Institute at NGV Australian Public Opinion at a Time of Global Uncertainty

Wed 18 Sep 19, 6.15pm–7.15pm

Lowy Institute
Past program

Free entry

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Ground Level

Hearing loops and accessible seating are available.

Australia finds itself in an increasingly precarious position. The relationship between Australia’s traditional ally, the United States, and its largest trading partner, China, continues its precipitous decline. Four out of Australia’s top five trading partners are embroiled in trade wars, and a global economic slowdown is underway. At the same time, Beijing’s deepening embrace of authoritarianism and expanding global ambitions continue to rattle Australia’s regional allies and partners.

As our political leaders grapple with new and daunting foreign policy challenges, what do Australians think about the world? The Lowy Institute Poll has surveyed Australians on their views for the past 15 years. In the span of a generation, the Poll has uncovered striking changes in public opinion about Australia’s most important neighbours and partners as well as the challenges to national security and prosperity.

What is driving these changing views? And how should our political leaders respond?

This program includes an opportunity to view Civilization: The Way We Live Now from 5.15–6.15pm before the talk begins. Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased here.


Daniel Flitton, Managing Editor of the Lowy Institute’s international magazine, The Interpreter


Natasha Kassam, Director of the 2019 Lowy Institute Poll
Greg Sheridan, foreign editor for The Australian
Dr Danielle Chubb, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University
David Olsson, former Managing Partner of international law firm King & Wood Mallesons

Talks and discussions Australia Civilization The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square