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Appointments to the Australia-China Council

I am pleased to announce the appointment of six new members, for a period of three years, and the re- appointment of two sitting members to the Australia-China Council.

The six new members are:

. Mr John Allen, National President of the Australia-China Business Council and a partner in Allen Allen and Hemsley;

. Dr Thomas Chiu, a Fellow in Chinese Provincial Studies and a Lecturer in the Chinese Law program at the University of Technology - Sydney;

. Ms Dinah Dysart, a visual arts writer, editor and curator;

. Ms Catherine Livingstone, Managing Director of Cochlear Ltd;

. Mr Robert Minter, Chief Executive of CMS-China Management Services; and

. Mr Richard Sheppard, Deputy Managing Director of the Macquarie Bank Ltd.

In addition, Professor James Walter, Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Teaching and Learning) at Griffith University, and Professor Andrew Watson, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide, have been re-appointed for a further two years.

The Australia-China Council was established in May 1978 to make recommendations and provide advice and information to individuals and organisations on ways to develop bilateral activities. Essentially, I have seen the work of the Council as a way to promote within China a greater awareness of Australia and, to a lesser extent, a more informed understanding of China within Australia. I believe the appointment of these distinguished Australians to the Australia-China Council will bring a diverse range of skills and experience to the task of carrying forward Australia's relationship with China.

The Australia-China Council is playing a substantial role in this process by initiating and supporting programs covering the following range of activities:

. Australian Studies through a network of Centres throughout China;

. educational and training opportunities for Australians in China;

. legal exchanges and increasing cultural contacts in the visual/performing arts;

. access to information on Australia through the Sino-Australian Electronic Information Centre at the National Library of China;

. opportunities for contact in the electronic and print media;

. commercial opportunities through business exchanges;

. changing the perception of each other through a targeted visits program; and

. assisting with the publication in China of Australian books.

I believe these new appointments will strengthen the Council's capacity to promote lasting links and enhance understanding between Australia and China.

For further information contact:

Kirk Coningham, 02 6261 1555