Murdoch Commission

Western Australia and the evolving regional order: Challenges and opportunities

The First Murdoch Commission was established as an independent international inquiry on the growing economic interdependency of Western Australia, Australia and the Asian region. The inquiry was charged with investigating how this interdependency could be pursued to enhance mutual benefit and long-term resilience for the Region overall, and WA in particular, over the coming years. This task included highlighting some of the most relevant issues and challenges that are likely to emerge in Asia over the next decade or so.

The framing of the Commission and the recruitment of commissioners were undertaken during 2012, with its investigations undertaken across 2013. The starting point of the Commission was that Western Australia is already a significant economic player in the Region as a major exporter of minerals and energy. However, a key aspect of the Commission’s intent was to think about Western Australia’s regional role as ‘more than a quarry’ supplying resource-hungry developing economies. The first intuition was that Western Australia’s wider capacities and expertise were also important, in addition to the resources story.

The intent is that the Commission’s Final Report will contribute to the broader aim of sustaining regional prosperity and stability and it includes a set of recommendations with an applied policy focus.

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