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Appendix 1

Ministerial responsibilities

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Stephen Smith, MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Stephen Smith, MP Mr Smith has overall responsibility for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, including administration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is responsible for all non-trade international political, multilateral and legal issues (including the treaty-making process), consular and passport functions, management of overseas estate, and development assistance matters. In addition, he is responsible for all human rights, arms control and disarmament issues, peacekeeping, and the non-trade related aspects of the UN system. Mr Smith shares responsibility for international security and counter terrorism issues with the Minister for Defence. Mr Smith has primary carriage of non-trade related public affairs activities and questions of protocol. He also has responsibility for the administration of AusAID, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Minister for Trade, The Hon. Simon Crean, MP

Minister for Trade, The Hon. Simon Crean, MP Mr Crean is responsible for pursuing Australia’s trade and investment interests through multilateral, regional and bilateral trade diplomacy and negotiations. He has responsibility for Austrade (including TradeStart, the Export Market Development Grants Scheme and the promotion of investment in Australia) and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. His multilateral responsibilities include the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The WTO covers trade in industrial and agricultural goods, services, trade-related intellectual property rights, dispute settlement and other key issues in global trade. Mr Crean chairs the Cairns Group of agricultural exporting countries. At the regional level Mr Crean is actively engaged in pursuing Australia’s trade and economic interests, including in the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, through the ASEAN–Australia–New Zealand FTA and through discussions to advance PACER Plus. Mr Crean’s bilateral responsibilities cover trade and economic agreements, including FTAs, with a range of trading partners.

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, The Hon. Bob McMullan, MP

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, The Hon. Bob McMullan, MPMr McMullan supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs in implementing Australia’s international development policy and is responsible for the day-to-day management of issues related to the aid program. This involves working closely with AusAID, international development partners, other donor governments and international organisations to advance Australia’s development objectives. He is also responsible for raising the awareness of the Government’s aid policies and priorities among the Australian public through the media and public events. Mr McMullan works closely with the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Mr Kerr, to advance the Pacific Partnerships for Development and other development assistance activities in the Pacific.

 

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, The Hon. Duncan Kerr, SC MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, The Hon. Duncan Kerr, SC MP Mr Kerr supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs in advancing Australia’s interests and diplomatic relations in the Pacific. As part of this responsibility, Mr Kerr works with Pacific countries in taking forward and building on Australia’s partnership approach to the region based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility. Mr Kerr works closely with the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Mr McMullan, to advance the Pacific Partnerships for Development and other development assistance activities in the Pacific. Mr Kerr is also responsible for raising the Australian public’s awareness of the Government’s policies and priorities in the Pacific through the media and public events.

 

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade, The Hon. Anthony Byrne, MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade, The Hon. Anthony Byrne, MP Mr Byrne supports the Minister for Trade in promoting and advocating the Government’s trade and investment attraction policy. Mr Byrne works with the Minister for Trade, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade to implement export, business development and investment attraction programs. He is responsible for raising the awareness of the Government’s trade and investment policies and priorities among the Australian public through the media and public events. Mr Byrne represents the Minister for Trade at trade-related functions. He also seeks to help Australian companies capitalise on new market access opportunities resulting from multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements, especially with respect to the ASEAN–Australia–New Zealand FTA and the Australia–Chile FTA.

 

 

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