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Annual Report 2005–2006 Photo Gallery

Welcome to the photo gallery for the 2005–2006 report. This section is an add on to the electronic version of this year's report capturing the photos used in the print report to create this electronic gallery. Each picture and caption is also displayed in its associated section throughout the report where access to the enlarged pictures is also available.

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Prime Minister Mr John Howard with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during Mr Howard’s state visit to India in March 2006. Photo: Adarsh Minocha Photo - See caption below for description
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer (seated right) and China’s Foreign Minister Mr Li Zhaoxing (seated left) sign a bilateral agreement on nuclear cooperation in April 2006. The Premier of China Mr Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Mr John Howard (both sitting) and Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile (standing third from right) look on. Photo: AUSPIC/ Michael Jones
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Senior Executive of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (as at 30 June 2006). Front centre: Mr Michael L’Estrange, Secretary. From left: Deputy Secretaries Dr Geoff Raby (sitting); Mr David J Ritchie AO (standing); Mr David Spencer (standing); Mr Doug Chester (standing) and Ms Gillian Bird (sitting). Photo: Michael Jensen Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile (right) with then United States Trade Representative Mr Robert Portman at the inaugural Australia– United States Free Trade Agreement Joint Committee in Washington DC, in March 2006.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer speaks at a press conference concluding the inaugural ministerial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, held in Sydney in January 2006. Also pictured (from left to right) are: Japan’s Minister for the Environment Ms Yuriko Koike, US Secretary of Energy Mr Samuel Bodman and South Korea’s then Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy Mr Lee Hee-beom. Photo: AUSPIC/ Howard Moffat Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador to Germany Ian Kemish (left) and Football Federation Australia's Mr John O'Neill (centre) present a Socceroos jersey to Kaiserslautern Lord Mayor Bernhard Deubig during the FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany in June 2006.
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In January 2006, celebrating Australia Day in Kuwait City for the first time, are (left to right): Ms Jennifer Cartmill (the Ambassador’s spouse), Ambassador to Kuwait Dr Ralph King, Acting Undersecretary of Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Khaled Al-Babtain and Foreign Ministry protocol official Mr Ali Al-Dhafiri. Photo: Courtesy of Al-Qabas, Kuwait Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador to Japan Murray McLean OAM receives from the Executive Deputy President of Japan Post, Mr Toshihiro Takahashi, a sheet of ten Japan Post stamps issued to mark the 2006 Australia–Japan Year of Exchange, at the Australian embassy in Tokyo in May 2006.
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Trade Minister Mr Mark Vaile and Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission Mr Ma Kai shake hands after signing, in April 2006, a memorandum of understanding establishing high-level economic cooperation. Prime Minister Mr John Howard applauds the signing. Photo: AUSPIC/Michael Jones Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador Margaret Twomey with traditional East Timorese dancers at the Motaain border post with Indonesia, August  2005.
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High Commissioner to Pakistan Zorica McCarthy visits the town of Maciara Dana, in Pakistan’s Neelum Valley, in the Muzaffarabad district to oversee the distribution of Australian-provided supplies to the earthquake-devastated village.
The Government contributed approximately $84 million to earthquake relief in Pakistan. Photo: Caroline Chaumont, WFP
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The annual Australia–United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations are a highlight of the bilateral calendar. In November 2005 Australia hosted the talks in Adelaide. From left to right: Then US Deputy Secretary of State Mr Robert Zoellick, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer, then Minister for Defence Mr Robert Hill, and US Secretary of Defense Mr  Donald Rumsfeld at the AUSMIN joint press conference. Photo: Chesser Studios/Anne Stropin
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In 2006 a range of political, social and cultural activities in Australia and the Netherlands commemorated the 400th anniversary of bilateral contact. In April 2006 our Ambassador to the Netherlands, Stephen Brady (second from left), welcomed 60 Dutch veterans who fought in Australia during the Second World War to his residence for an official function. Photo: Roland Smulders Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador Crispin Conroy presents Chilean President Dr Michelle Bachelet with an Akubra hat and boomerang at the Australian Pavilion, Expomin 2006, Santiago.
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Using technology to provide clear messages and exchange information with officials in the field is crucial to delivering policy and program outcomes, particularly in circumstances as challenging as those facing members of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. For many months officials in Canberra and Honiara held their weekly Inter-Departmental Committee meeting via video conference. This picture was taken in Canberra, with images of Honiara and Canberra on the television screens at the rear. From left to right: David A Ritchie, First Assistant Secretary, South Pacific, Africa and Middle  East Division (DFAT), Graeme Wilson, Assistant Secretary, Pacific Islands Branch (DFAT), Lieutenant Colonel Darren  Huxley, Strategic Operations Division (Defence), Stephen Shaw, Director, Solomon Islands and PNG, International Policy Division (Defence), Toshi Kawaguchi and Nerida King, Solomon Islands Section (DFAT), Anita Butler, Director, Solomon Islands Section (DFAT), Judith Robinson, Assistant Director General, Pacific (AusAID), and Ian Kennedy, Deputy High Commissioner, New Zealand High Commission. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms Teresa Gambaro attending the fourth Japan–Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Okinawa, Japan from 26 to 27 May 2006. Clockwise from bottom left: Nauru President Mr Ludwig Scotty; Kiribati President Mr Anote Tong; Fiji Foreign and Trade Minister Mr Kaliopate Tavola; Federated States of Micronesia President Mr Joseph Urusemal; Cook Islands Prime Minister Mr Jim Marurai; Ms Teresa Gambaro; Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Mr Greg Urwin PSM; Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Mr Michael Somare; Japanese Prime Minister Mr Junichiro Koizumi; unidentified official; Vanuatu Prime Minister Mr Ham Lini; Tuvalu Prime Minister Mr Maatia Toafa; Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister Mr Dudley Tausinga; Samoa Prime Minister Mr Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi; Republic of the Marshall Islands President Mr Kessai Note; Palau President Mr Tommy Remengesau Jr and Niue Prime Minister Mr Young Vivian. Photo: Courtesy of the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan
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During a break in a high-level Doha Round negotiating session, Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile addresses a press conference on 2 May 2006 at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva. Photo: AAP Image/Fabrice Coffrini Photo - See caption on right for description
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Steve Scott (third from left) and Virginia Greville, Lead Negotiator Agriculture (third from right) meeting with members of the Jin Pu Wine Company in Turpan, Xinjiang Province in May 2006 as part of the department’s free trade agreement advocacy program with China.
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Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile and his Malaysian counterpart Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communications Technology during the 12th Malaysia–Australia Joint Trade Committee Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 26 August 2005. Photo: AAP Image/Tengku Bahar Photo - See caption on right for description
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade Mrs De-Anne Kelly (front, centre) attending a press conference at the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in June 2006. Mrs Kelly is the first woman to  represent Australia at this meeting of the APEC forum. Photo: Courtesy of Buu Ha, Vietnam Investment Review
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer and his East Timorese counterpart Dr José Ramos-Horta sign the Ttreaty on Ccertain Maritime Arrangements in the Ttimor Sea on 12 January 2006. The Prime Minister Mr John Howard and then East Timorese Prime Minister Mr Mari Alkatiri observe the signing, which concluded an intensive series of eight negotiating sessions held in Canberra, Sydney, Darwin and Dili from April 2004 to November 2005. The department’s Senior Legal Adviser, Chris Moraitis (far left) looks on. Photo: AUSPIC/ Howard Moffat Photo - See caption on right for description
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From left to right: US Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer and Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Taro Aso gather for the inaugural ministerial meeting of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue, held in Sydney on 18 March 2006. Photo: Jason McCormack
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Then Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism Les Luck (third from left) visits the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation. Also pictured are (from left) Mr Ben McDevitt AM, APM, the Australian Federal Police’s former National Manager for Counter-Terrorism; Inspector-General Primanto, Governor of the Indonesian Police Academy; Les Luck; Mr Lester Cross, Director of Studies JCLEC; Mr Paulus Purwoko, Director of JCLEC and Mr Ronald Mollinger, Netherlands Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. Photo: Courtesy of JCLEC Photo - See caption on right for description
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The department’s Technical Officer Peter Fox monitors the global communications network in our 24/7 Network Operations  Centre.
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Ambassador to the Russian Federation Bob Tyson (centre) introduces Queensland Premier Mr Peter Beattie to Moscow Mayor Mr Yuri Luzhkov. Premier Beattie’s visit to Russia in June 2006 consolidated links between the Queensland Government and the City of Moscow through the signing of a protocol to promote cooperation in business, culture, science and technology, and the environment. Photo: Tatiana Balashova Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ghanaian High Commissioner His Excellency Mr Kofi Sekyiamah (seated centre) after presenting credentials to the Governor-General, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC (seated second from right). Also pictured
are Deputy  Secretary Doug Chester (seated far right) and the then Chief of Protocol Noel Campbell (seated far left).
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At the invitation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer, around 50 heads of mission and 30 spouses participated in a visit by the diplomatic corps to Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula from 2–4 May 2006. This was the largest group to participate in a diplomatic corps interstate familiarisation visit — testimony to the success of the initiative introduced by Mr Downer in 2000. Photo: Photonet/Michael Silver Photo - See caption on right for description
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Staff at the Australian passport production centre located at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. The centre produces approximately 1.2 million passports  annually.
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In a ceremony at the department on 9 September 2005 the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the first anniversary of the bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Also pictured (from left to right) are: then Indonesian Ambassador to Australia HE Mr  Imron Cotan, then Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mr  Bruce Billson and the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Michael L’Estrange. Photo: Norm Plant Photo - See caption on right for description
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Departmental officials Simeon Gilding, Assistant Secretary Consular Operations Branch (front left) and Robin  Hamilton-Coates, First Secretary and Consul, Australian embassy Bangkok (second from left) tour the facilities at Klong  Prem Central Prison, Bangkok during a consular visit in June 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Klong Prem Central Prison
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An Australia Day citation was awarded to the Bali Bombings October 2005 crisis response team which included staff from the Public Diplomacy, Consular and Passports Division and many volunteers in Canberra who worked in the department’s 24-hour crisis centre. The citation also rewarded colleagues at our posts in Bali and Singapore and the Emergency Response Team that deployed from Canberra to Bali. The Secretary Mr Michael L’Estrange with representatives of the crisis  response team. Photo: Michael Jensen. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Julie Shiels (right) with departmental colleague Janette Lynagh (left) in the Consular Crisis Centre.
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Ambassador to Thailand Bill Paterson and Mrs Helen Paterson sprinkle flowers on a wreath at the proposed site of Thailand’s permanent tsunami memorial in Phang Nga Province on 26 December 2005, the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami. The Australian embassy in Bangkok also organised an Australian event on Patong Beach, Phuket Island, to  remember Australian lives lost in the tragedy. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Using funds provided under the department’s Direct Aid Program, the high commission in Accra, Ghana contributed to the purchase of a Scan Optics microscope (made in Adelaide).
The microscope was donated to the eye clinic at Kete Krachi Hospital and will allow local doctors to perform cataract operations. The high commission’s Second Secretary, Dr Tamara Somers (left) visits the hospital.
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The Australian high commission in London helped organise a live acoustic performance by the Bardi Dancers, who live 200 kilometres north of Broome in Western Australia, at this spectacular and historic location in the United Kingdom. The high commission used the performance to underscore the connection between a living community and its spiritual and cultural traditions, which is a key point in our advocacy seeking the return to Indigenous communities in Australia of ancestral remains held in the United Kingdom. Photo: Salisbury Festival/Adrian Harris Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile launches the Economic Analytical Unit’s report ‘Unlocking China’s Services Sector’.
The report analyses the opening of China’s services sector to foreign participation and the growing trade in services between Australia and China. Also pictured are Nicholas Coppel, then Executive Director of the Economic Analytical Unit
and Dr Evanor Palac-McMiken, Director, Economic Analytical Unit. Photo: Jason McCormack
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Under the department’s Special Visits Program Professor Nasaruddin Umar (second from left), Indonesia’s Secretary-General of the Consultative Council of Nahdlatul Ulama (the country’s largest Muslim organisation), visited Australia for a diverse program of meetings with officials and community leaders. Professor Umar is pictured with students from Malek  Fahd School, Chullora, New South Wales. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador to France Penny Wensley AO with Indigenous artist Mr John Mawurndjul, one of eight Indigenous artists commissioned to contribute to the new Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. At the museum’s opening in June 2006 French President Chirac described Mr Mawurndjul’s work as ‘one of the masterpieces of the museum.’ Photo: Alastair Miller.
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The occasional paper Friendship and co-operation: the 1976 Basic Ttreaty between Australia and Japan was launched at the High Court of Australia on 15 June 2006. Pictured at the event are (left to right): Michael Wood, Director, Japan Section; Tom Connor, Assistant Secretary, North East Asia Branch; Deborah Peterson, Executive Officer, Japan Section; Moreen Dee, Executive Officer, Historical Publications and Information Section (the author of the paper); and Peter Baxter, First Assistant Secretary North Asia Division. Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy of Japan Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Prime Minister Mr  John Howard and US President Mr George Bush shake hands after planting two trees to commemorate the refurbishment of the official residence of the Australian Ambassador to the United States. The trees were transplanted from the White House gardens nursery. The residential refurbishment project, managed by the department’s Overseas Property Office, was delivered on schedule and within budget. Also pictured are (left to right): Ambassador Dennis  Richardson AO, Mrs  Janette  Howard and Mrs  Laura  Bush.
Photo: AUSPIC/Michael Jones
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High Commissioner to India John McCarthy (third from left) initiates the final concrete pour to top out works on the new chancery building in New Delhi. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The department’s Administrative Officer Development Program is designed to equip staff with the administrative, management and financial skills required to undertake demanding administrative and consular positions at our overseas posts. From left to right: Simon  Harrison (2006 graduate), Marc Adorni-Braccesi (2006 trainee), Ana Murray (2005 trainee), Benjamin  van Eldik (2006 trainee), Therese Rynne (2006 graduate), Marcus McKibbin (2006 trainee), David Erbacher (2006 graduate), Maree Fay (2004 trainee) and David  Rush (2005 trainee).
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The Secretary Mr Michael L’Estrange opens the department’s International Women’s Day forum in Canberra. Four guest speakers addressed the forum on the topic ‘Women in the Foreign Service: Personal Perspectives.’ From left: Deputy Secretary Ms  Gillian Bird; HE Mrs Karin Ehnbom-Palmquist, Ambassador of Sweden; HE Mrs  Martha Ortiz de  Rosas, Ambassador of Mexico; and HE Madame Fu Ying, Ambassador of
the People’s Republic of China.
Photo: Michael Jensen.
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Lisa Sokolski meeting Victorian Premier, the Hon Steve Bracks MP, during the diplomatic corps’ visit to Victoria in May  2006.
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The department’s graduate trainees undertake a diverse training program that includes a number of work rotations, training blocks and visits to regional centres in Australia. During a regional visit 2005 graduate trainee Rachel Young, who has since been posted to the high commission in Port Vila, Vanuatu, was shown how to weave traditional baskets from pandanus fibres by a Bathurst Island Elder. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Locally engaged staff convened from a range of overseas posts to participate in the department’s 2005 Leadership and Development Program in Australia. Front row, left to right: Renata Buljubasic (Zagreb), Elina Raass (Nuku’alofa), Geert  De  Schaepmeester (Brussels), Reskiana Ramli (Bali), Ziya Ohri (Ankara), Joseph Rojano (Madrid), Cristina Garcia (Brasilia), Pensri Kousurat (Bangkok), Tomoko Nakamura (Tokyo), Chanrith Yem (Phnom Penh), Anoushka Fernando (Colombo) and Ray Roberts (Program Coordinator). Back row, left to right: Yiping Zhao (Beijing), Rekenibai Tawita (Tarawa), Michael Schapek (Stockholm), Rob Brennan (Workshop Facilitator), Lisa Rodriguez (Port of Spain), Sailele Pomare (Apia), Alison Smith (Program Coordinator), Shanti Rayan (Kuala Lumpur), Mary Joseph (Port Moresby), Sally Clarke (Dublin) and Mudassir Ali (Islamabad).
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Deputy Secretary Doug Chester and First Assistant Secretary of Corporate Management Division Penny Williams congratulate Robyn Cook (centre) on winning the Expand 2005 Personal Assistant of the Year Award.

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