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17 November 1972


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nigel Bowen, announced today

a number of senior appointments overseas and in Australia.

Mr J.R. Rowland has been appointed Australian Ambassador to Austria

in succession to Mr L. Corkery. Mr Rowland is at present Australian High

Commissioner to Malaysia. Mr Rowland joined the Department of Foreign Affairs

in 1944 and has served in Moscow, London (on two occasions), Saigon and

Washington and later as Ambassador in Moscow where for a time he was also

concurrently accredited in Stockholm. Mr Rowland has been High Commissioner

in Kuala Lumpur since July 1969. He is married with three children.

Mr Rowland will be succeeded in Kuala Lumpur by Mr A.R. Parsons who

is at present First Assistant Secretary of the Development Division in the

Department in Canberra. Mr Parsons joined the Department in 194? and has

served overseas in Djakarta (on two occasions), Rangoon, Berlin and at the

Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York. From 196? to 1970 he was

Australian High Commissioner in Singapore. Mr Parsons is married with three


Mr L. Corkery, who is at present Ambassador to Austria, has been

appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Mr Corkery first joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1941. He joined

the then Department of External Affairs in 1950 and subsequently served overseas

with the Department of External Affairs and the Department of Trade. He has

been Ambassador to Austria since January 1971« concurrently accredited to


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Switzerland and more recently to Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Mr Corkery is

married with two children.

Mr H.M. Loveday, who is at present Australian Permanent Representative

to the United Nations Office at Geneva, will be returning to Canberra to take

over the position as Head of the Development Division currently occupied by

Mr A.R. Parsons. Mr Loveday joined the Department in 19^5 and has served

overseas in Shanghai, Nanking, Bonn, on the Australian Delegation to UNCURK

in Korea, Kuala Lumpur and Washington. In 1964 he was for a time Acting

High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur and subsequently served as Ambassador in

Djakarta before taking up his present appointment in Geneva. He is married

with two children