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Future Directions International (FDI) is an independent, not-for-profit Research Institute. It was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia) together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.

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22 October 2020

Mr Rick Wilson is the Federal member for the electorate of O’Connor, an electorate that covers a large area of Western Australia. He is currently the Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources. He is also a member of the Parliamentary Friends of Soil. Recently, FDI took the opportunity to interview Rick about these organisations and Australian agriculture and water resources generally.

News from the CEO

  • 21 October 2020
    What’s Next?

    The two-day Global Artificial Intelligence Summit, with the theme, “AI for the Good of Humanity”, wraps up in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on 22 October. Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in the Seychelles, 22-24 October.

  • 14 October 2020
    What’s Next?

    Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto will visit the United States,  from 15-19 October. New Zealanders go to the polls in a general election and referenda on the legalisation of personal cannabis consumption and euthanasia, on 17 October.

  • 8 October 2020
    What’s Next?

    Foreign Minister Marise Payne is on an official visit to Singapore, from 8-9 October. In Indonesia, the Confederation of Trade Unions three-day nationwide strike in protest against the government’s Omnibus Bill labour reforms ends on 8 October.

  • 30 September 2020
    What’s Next?

    On 6 October, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, India, Japan and US Secretary of State will meet in Tokyo to discuss issues including the Covid-19 pandemic and regional security in the context of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy.


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