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Ambassador to Peking

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No. M67 Date 22 October 197%HE H 0 | \ | . ANDREW PEACOCK M.P.


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrew Peacock, today announced the appointment of Mr Garry Woodard as Australia's new Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

Mr Woodard, 47, will take up his appointment in Peking, in December. He succeeds Dr Stephen FitzGerald who is returning to take up an academic position at the Australian National University.

Mr Woodard, a senior career officer, joined the Department in 1952. He has served overseas in Seoul, Singapore, London and Washington and was Australia's Ambassador to Burma from 1973 to 1975. He is currently head of the Department's North and South Asia Division,

and, in this position, accompanied the Prime Minister, Mr Fraser, to Japan and China earlier this year.

Mr Woodard, a graduate of the University of Adelaide, is married and has two teenage sons.

Mr Peacock said that he wished to pay tribute to Dr FitzGerald for his achievements during his term as Australia's Ambassador.

"Dr FitzGerald took up his post in April 1973 as our first Ambassador following Australia's recognition of the People's Republic of China on 22 December 1972", Mr Peacock said.

"The Government wishes to place on record its appreciation of his significant personal contributions in the building up of a close and constructive relation­ ship between Australia and China."