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AA 06 10 9 March 2006

New Leadership at Helm of Key Regional Democracy Centre

I am pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Australia’s Centre for Democratic Institutions. The Centre is a key part of Australia’s efforts to continue to build democracy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Senior Australian academic and leading international authority on democratic processes, Dr Benjamin Reilly, has been appointed Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions.

Australia places a high importance on strengthening democracy and political governance in the region. The Centre provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians and emerging leaders in our region.

The Australian Government established the Centre for Democratic Institutions in 1998. It is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

The Centre for Democratic Institutions aims to promote democracy by strengthening parliamentary governance and political parties in developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Reilly is currently an Associate Professor in politics at the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.

His extensive experience in democracy promotion and political party development work includes time as a United Nations Development Programme governance adviser.

He has also worked for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and published widely in the field of democratic development.

Dr Reilly’s established intellectual reputation and contributions on the subjects of political parties, electoral and parliamentary institutions and processes will be extremely valuable for his directorship.

Media contact: Chris Kenny (Minister’s Office) 0419 206 890 AusAID (Public Affairs) 0417 680 590

Media releases and speeches are available on AusAID’s website