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Senior Diplomatic appointments.

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Thu, 17th September 2009


The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Leader of the Opposition

On behalf of the federal Opposition, I extend my congratulations to Kim Beazley and Brendan Nelson on their

appointments today to two of Australia’s most important diplomatic postings.

Australia is fortunate to be able to call on the services of two of our most distinguished parliamentary leaders to

serve as ambassadors.

Both have served previously as Ministers for Defence and as Opposition Leaders.

Both will bring great experience, insights and understanding to the responsibility of representing Australia’s

interests in major world capitals.

Mr Beazley’s long-standing and enthusiastic engagement on the issues at the heart of the relationship with our

great friend and ally, the United States, makes him ideally suited to the role as our next Australian Ambassador to

Washington DC. He is a man respected across the political divide, both here in Australia and in the United


Likewise, after six years as a Cabinet minister and a distinguished medical career before entering politics, Dr

Nelson is well qualified for the appointment as Australia’s next Ambassador to the European Communities,

Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Special Representative to the World Health

Organisation, and Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg.

Again, I extend our warm congratulations to both Kim and Brendan.

I am confident they will represent the nation with the same dedication and distinction they have brought to their

many years in public life.