Relationship with India among most important for Australia: Andrew Charlton

"Many Australians don't fully understand the breadth and depth of modern India"

Chair of Parliamentary Friends of India, Dr Andrew Charlton, is the author of ‘Australia’s Pivot to India’.

In an exclusive interview with The Australia Today Dr Charlton said that India has become a global superpower and spoke about India’s importance for Australia. He told Pallavi Jain that many Australians don’t fully understand the breadth and depth of modern India and part of the reason for writing the book was to help breakdown some of the stereotypes about the country. He also mentioned the role of the Indian diaspora in deepening bilateral ties between Australia and India.

Dr Charlton said that India will play a major part in securing the Indo-Pacific and highlighted the fact that PM Anthony Albanese is the only Australian Prime Minister to visit India twice in a year.

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Watch Video: Dr Andrew Charlton’s exclusive interview with Pallavi Jain

‘Australia’s Pivot to India’ is going to be officially launched on 27th September 2023 by Prime Minister Albanese at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta.

This event will celebrate Australia’s relationship with India. In the book Dr Charlton describes the growth of India and its impact on Australia and mentions that for Australia, India has emerged as a new partner offering hope for a more secure and balanced region.

Image: PM Anthony Albanese and Indian PM Narendra Modi (Source: Twitter)

Dr Charlton is Federal MP from Parramatta which is home to one of the largest Indian diaspora communities in Australia. He has a Masters and Doctorate in Economics from Oxford University and is a Rhodes Scholar. He was Senior Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and G20 Sherpa from 2008 to 2010. Dr Charlton is also the founder of AlphaBeta, a strategy and analytics company acquired by Accenture in 2020. He was Managing Director of Accenture from 2020 to 2022 before being elected Federal Member for Parramatta.

PM Albanese with Parramatta MP Dr Andrew Charlton mage Source: Supplied

The rapidly growing Indian diaspora is estimated to soon become the largest migrant group in Australia. This book celebrates the contribution of Indian Australians to the community and the nation.

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For those who want to attend the book launch they can register at the link below:

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