Barrie’s back! Festival favourite and celebrated journalist Barrie Cassidy presents four big conversations on the issues of the day. Joined by a range of experts and colleagues, this is smart, analytical and challenging live journalism from one of the best.

In his book China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order, former Australian ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, takes aim at the ‘unproductive relationship’ that has formed between our two countries. In conversation with Barrie, Geoff unpicks the opportunities and limitations of the current government approach to the rise of China.

The duo will then be joined by Caitlin Byrne to explore how we can work better with China.

This event is open captioned.

Barrie Cassidy (Australian)

Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy started out in journalism as a cadet reporter with The Border Mail in Albury. In the 47 years since, he has been a court reporter and police roundsman, a political correspondent, program host, newsreader, radio broadcaster and foreign correspondent. For over 13 years, he was host of the ABC’s highly respected political discussion program Insiders, as well as long-time host of the sports equivalent, Offsiders. He’s also the author of three books: Private Bill, The Party Thieves and An Ocean of Cricket.

Geoff Raby (Australian)

Geoff Raby

Geoff Raby AO was Australia’s ambassador to China (2007–11); ambassador to APEC (2003–5); and ambassador to the World Trade Organization (1998–2001). He is Chair of VisAsia at the Art Gallery of NSW and chair of Western Sydney University’s Australia–China Institute of Arts and Culture. Raby was awarded the Order of Australia in 2019 for services to Australia–China relations and to international trade.

Caitlin Byrne (Australian)

Caitlin Byrne

Professor Caitlin Byrne is Director, Griffith Asia Institute. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (AIIA) and Faculty Fellow of the University of Southern California's Centre for Public Diplomacy (CPD). Caitlin's research is focused on foreign policy, security and diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. Recent projects have focused on innovations in diplomatic practice, including the role of sport, culture, education and science in driving national influence, relationships and reputation in the global sphere.