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Annual Report 2008–2009 Photo Gallery

Welcome to the photo gallery for the 2008–2009 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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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith (right) and the Minister for Trade, Mr Crean (left) at the
19th Australia–Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum in Brisbane on 10 June 2009.
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The Australian passport is both a travel document and a historical record of political and social
change and the evolution of our national identity. This was reflected in the department’s publication
and exhibition, Every Assistance and Protection: A History of the Australian Passport, launched in
November 2008 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs (see page 181 for further information).
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The Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, addressing the G20 London Summit in April 2009.
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Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, in talks with the Republic of Korea’s Minister for Trade, Mr Kim Jong-hoon, to launch free trade agreement negotiations in Melbourne on 18 May 2009.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, meeting the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi. Mr Smith visited New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad in September 2008.
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The Secretary, Mr Michael L'Estrange AO.
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Ms Gillian Bird, Acting Secretary.
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Senior Executive of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (as at 30 June 2009).
L–R (seated): The Secretary, Mr Michael L’Estrange AO, Deputy Secretaries Ms Gillian Bird
and Mr Miles Kupa.
L–R (standing): Deputy Secretaries Mr Ric Wells, Mr Bruce Gosper and Mr David Ritchie AO.
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Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, greeting Brazil’s Minister for External Relations, Mr Celso Amorim, in Canberra on 26 August 2008. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, welcomed the then Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Hirofumi Nakasone, to Perth for foreign policy discussions in May 2009.
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The Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, and Indonesian President, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, at the Bali Democracy Forum, December 2008.
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The longstanding and complementary Australia–Republic of Korea relationship has been taken to a new level by Prime Minister Rudd and President Lee, Foreign Ministers Stephen Smith and Yu Myung-hwan and by Trade Ministers Simon Crean and Kim Jong-hoon. Here the two leaders confirm the warmth of relations to the media after discussions in Canberra on 5 March 2009. They issued a Joint Statement on Enhanced Global and Security Cooperation and announced an agreement to launch negotiations towards a bilateral free trade agreement.
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Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Mr Bob McMullan, with the then Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Taro Aso, during the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) Five (V) Summit in Japan on 22 May 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Chairman, Mr Zhang Ping,
meet to discuss the Australia–China FTA, in Beijing on 31 March 2009.
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Her Majesty Empress Michiko (of Japan) views the Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibition accompanied by Australian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Murray McLean OAM, the Deputy Director of the National Art Center, Tokyo, Mr Osamu Fukunaga and Australian Embassy interpreter, Mr Kazuyuki Hirasawa, in Tokyo, July 2008.
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The Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, and Indonesian Minister for Trade, Dr Mari Pangestu, share a lighter moment before they address the Australia–Indonesia Conference business lunch in Sydney on 20 February 2009.
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The Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Ms Bronte Moules, distributing blankets to residents of the Klong Toey slum area in Bangkok during her visit to Sister Joan’s milk run project, which was supported by the Australian Embassy Discretionary Fund in January 2009. Sister Joan is from the Western Australian Congregation of Presentation Sisters and has been working in the area since 1991. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, with Malaysia’s then Minister of Education, Mr Hishammuddin Hussein, and students of Aminuddin Baki Secondary School, in Kuala Lumpur on 10 July 2008. The school is one of six Malaysian schools participating in the DFAT-funded Australia–Malaysia Sister Schools Project. Mr Rudd launched the project on his first official visit to Malaysia.
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, meeting Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Mr Nguyen Tan Dung, during celebrations to mark 35 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam, in Hanoi in July 2008.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, with the Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Mr George Yeo, at the ASEAN–Australia Ministerial Meeting in Singapore in July 2008.
Photo: Courtesy of Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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The Prime Minister meets the US President, Mr Barack Obama, accompanied by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Mr Dennis Richardson AO (left), in Washington on 24 March 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Smith and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in Washington on 9 April 2009.
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Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, meeting the US Trade Representative, Mr Ron Kirk, in Washington, March 2009.
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, and French Minister for Foreign and EU Affairs, Mr Bernard Kouchner, in Paris on 29 November 2008.
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The Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, with the then Russian Federation’s Minister of Agriculture, Mr Alexei Gordeyev, co-chairs of the Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation held in Moscow on 30 October 2008. This was the first meeting of its type since the inaugural Joint Commission meeting held in Canberra in June 1995. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Ms Anne Plunkett with Ireland’s then Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with special responsibility for the Information Society and Natural Resources, Mr Seán Power (left) and Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland, Mr Peadar McArdle. Ambassador Plunkett is receiving a room-sized nineteenth century Geological Survey Map of Victoria on behalf of the State Library of Victoria at the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) on 15 July 2008.
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Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, Mr Anthony Byrne, with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Spain, Mr Ángel Lossada Torres-Quevedo, during the signing of the Australia–Spain Joint Action Plan in Canberra on 24 June 2009.
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Australian Ambassador to Vienna, Mr Peter Shannon, presenting credentials to the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Dr Fatmir Sejdiu, on 15 September 2008. The Australian Embassy in
Vienna has been accredited as non-resident Embassy to the Republic of Kosovo, the world’s
newest state.
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Deputy Prime Minister Ms Gillard in Baghdad in June 2009 with Iraqi Prime Minister Mr Nouri Al-Maliki (standing), Iraqi Minister of Interior Mr Jawad Al-Bulani (right) and the Australian Deputy Head of Mission to Iraq, Mr Adrian Morrison. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Adrian Morrison
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The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, greets children in Botswana during her visit in March 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Australia’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Dr Justin Lee (centre), with participants of the inaugral International Cooperation in Counter-Terrorism Workshop held in Dhaka from 26 to 30 April 2009, the first joint training exercise on counter-terrorism between the Australian Federal Police and the Bangladesh Police Staff College and the first activity undertaken under the auspices of the bilateral MOU on counter-terrorism.
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The Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, and Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Works, Transport and Civil Aviation, the Hon. Don Polye, at the 19th Australia–Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum in Brisbane on 10 June 2009.
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, presenting a commemorative medallion to PNG Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Samuel Abal, accompanied by Dr Mike Kelly MP (left) and the PNG Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Hon Charles Abel, on the margins of the 19th Australia–PNG Ministerial Forum in Brisbane, June 2009.
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The Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, and the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Mr McMullan, met Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, who presented Mr Crean with a traditional shell necklace, during a visit to Honiara on 2 April 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Mr Pablo Kang (centre), with the Vanuatu Prime Minister, Mr Edward Natapei (right), and the then Vanuatu Health Minister, Mr Joe Natuman, meeting the local community on Tanna at the launch of the Malaria Reference Group meeting on 4 May 2009. The Australian Government is providing $6 million towards the elimination of malaria in Tafea province by 2014.
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The Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Mr Duncan Kerr SC, with the Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Mr William Haomae (right), during a Forum Ministerial Standing Committee meeting on RAMSI, May 2009. The Hon. Billy Talagi, MP (left), from Niue looks on. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Australia’s whole-of-government delegation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva September 2008. The delegation comprised officers from DFAT, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Australian Government Solicitor, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Biosecurity Australia and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.
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The Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, with his ASEAN and New Zealand counterparts, signing AANZFTA on 27 February 2009 in Hua Hin (Cha-am) Thailand.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, and the then Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile, Mr Alejandro Foxley, sign the Australia–Chile Free Trade Agreement at Parliament House, Canberra, on 30 July 2008.
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The Minister for Trade, Mr Simon Crean, meets the US Secretary of Agriculture, Mr Tom Vilsack, Washington, 26 March 2009.
Back (L–R): Mr David Garner, Chief of Staff, Office of the Minister for Trade; Mr Bruce Gosper, Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mr Dean Merrillees, Minister Counsellor Agriculture, Australian Embassy; Mr David Stuart DCM, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Washington.
Front (L-R): Mr George Mina, Adviser, Office of the Minister for Trade; Mr Tom Vilsack; Mr Crean; and Ms Elizabeth Ward, Minister Counsellor, Trade, Australian Embassy, Washington
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The Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, addresses the G20 Leaders’ Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy in Washington, November 2008.
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Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, Mr Anthony Byrne, with Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Lim Hng Kiang, at the APEC Supply-chain Connectivity Symposium, in Singapore, May 2009.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, and Minister for Trade, Mr Crean, at the APEC Ministerial Meeting in November 2008.
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, at the United Nations Parliamentary Association inaugural meeting with the association chair Ms Melissa Parke and the National President of the UN Association of Australia, Mr John Langmore (left), in Canberra on 11 March 2009.
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Andrew Goledzinowski
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Australian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Murray McLean OAM, with Managing Director, Nippon Steel Engineering, Mr Tadashi Higashi, after signing an agreement to become a foundation member of the GCCSI in Tokyo on 3 March 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Professor Ron McCallum AO (centre) and the team that worked on his successful election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 November 2008. L-R: Ms Katharine Hawkins, Attorney-General’s Department, Ms Natasha Smith, AusAID, Ms Sally Weston, Australian Mission to the United Nations New York, and the then Australian Head of Mission to the United Nations New York, Mr Robert Hill.
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Co-Chairs, Mr Gareth Evans AO QC and Ms Yuriko Kawaguchi, with Commissioners, Advisory Board Members and Secretariat staff at the third meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament held in Moscow on 20–21 June 2009.
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The then Secretary, Mr Michael L’Estrange AO, opening the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Plenary, which was chaired by Mr John Quinn, MTCR Chair and Assistant Secretary, Strategic Issues and Intelligence Branch, on 5 November 2008.
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DFAT hosted a seminar, “Radiation Incidents: Avoidance, Surveillance and Response”, in Canberra, 7–8 May 2009, under the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), with Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, Mr Bill Paterson (left), and the then Assistant Secretary, Counter-Terrorism Branch, Mr Paul Foley. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Chantal Grellman
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With the launch of REACH (Remote Emergency Auxiliary Communications Hub), commissioned as a part of the Consular Enhancement Program, Emergency Response Teams (ERT) are able to take a Deployable Post with full satellite interoperability anywhere around the world. DFAT staff Mr Mark Wassell and Mr Paul Daley are pictured setting up REACH in Davos, Switzerland in January 2009 for the World Economic Forum which the Deputy Prime Minister attended. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Mr Peter Rowe, First Assistant Secretary, Diplomatic Security, Information Management and Services Division (centre), with the first signatories to the department’s new memorandum of understanding (MOU) for ICT Services, First Assistant Secretary, Systems Division, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Mr Peter McKeon, (left) and Chief Information Officer for AusAID, Mr Shane McLeod, (right), on 5 May 2009.
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Australian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Ms Margaret Twomey, and First Secretary, Ms Michelle Manson, visit Kyrgyzstan where they joined the Australian company, Santos, to discuss their exploration project in the Fergana Valley of Kyrgyzstan in March 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Mr Chris Moraitis (centre), Australian Trade Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Mr John Brand (second left), Counsellor AusAID, Mr Dave Vosen, with an Australian National University (ANU) representative and three shortlisted candidates (all in front) discussing courses offered at ANU on 19 June 2009.
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Federal parliamentarians Ms Nola Marino and Mr Mark Coulten observing Cambodia’s National Assembly elections in Battambang Province, July 2008 accompanied by Mr Matt Duckwork, Third Secretary at Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh (right). These were the fourth national elections held since the Paris Peace Accords and UNTAC mission introduced democracy to the country in 1993, and represented an important step towards the consolidation of democracy in Cambodia. Australia contributed one of the largest election monitoring teams to these elections, consisting of four Federal parliamentarians and a further 21 embassy staff. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Philippa King
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Western Australian Minister for Education and Tourism, Dr Elizabeth Constable (left), with Australian Ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby (right), Australian Consul-General in Shanghai, Mr Tom Connor (second from right), and Chief Representative of Western Australian Trade and Investment Promotion, Shanghai Office, Mr B.J. Zhuang (second from left), at the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the commencement of Approved Destination Status, in China in April 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia, HE Dato Salman Bin Ahmad (seated third from left), after presenting his Letter of Credence to the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC (seated third from right) on 26 February 2009. Also pictured are the then Secretary, Mr Michael L’Estrange AO (seated far right), and the Chief of Protocol, Ms Anne Moores (seated far left).
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Staff of the department’s Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division at the inaugural Australia–United Arab Emirates consular dialogue, held in Abu Dhabi on 31 March 2009.
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Suzanne Stein
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New South Wales State Office staff member, Ms Almaza Farag, at a smartraveller community outreach event at the Vietnamese Tet Festival in Fairfield on 8 February 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Smith, and the Executive Director, Australian Passport Office, Mr Bob Nash, at the launch of Australia’s new N series passport in Canberra on 28 May 2009.
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The then Secretary, Mr Michael L’Estrange AO, speaking at the November 2008 launch of the departmental publication and display Every Assistance and Protection: A History of the Australian Passport.Photo: Norman Plant Photo - See caption on right for description
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Australian performer Jessica Mauboy meets students in Indonesia during her visit under the IN2OZ program in August 2008.
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Third Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Manila, Mr Rick Adams (centre), with members of Kooperatiba ng mga Magsasaka ni San Isidro Labrador (KOMSIL) during the opening of a DAP-funded traditional sugar milling plant in Nasugbu, Batangas, the Philippines on 18 March 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Trade, Mr Crean (centre), visiting the construction site of the Australian pavilion in Shanghai, China in May 2009.
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Staff at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby at the launch of the pilot for the Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS) on 23 June 2009. L-R: Local Area Network Administrator, Ms Mary Joseph, Senior Administration Officer, Mr David Poulter, Security Section Assistant, Ms Rose Mobutuna, and Assistant Secretary, Information Resources Branch, Ms Robyn Mudie. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Executive Director, Overseas Property Office, Mr Peter Davin (right), with Director of Denton Corker Marshall, Mr John Denton, at the signing of the contract for the design of the new Australian Embassy complex in Jakarta, on 29 May 2009.
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A view of the new Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh completed in May 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The department’s NAIDOC Week Reception featured a performance by Mr Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (centre), pictured with the Indigenous Employees Network, and was attended by members of the diplomatic corps and departmental staff, in July 2008.
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Australian High Commissioner to Mauritius, Ms Cathy Johnstone, with children from a local school for the disabled in June 2009. The High Commission funded the construction of an extra classroom and upgrade to their woodwork department, including the purchase of tools and the building of a store room for their tools and wood. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The department’s 2008 Corporate and Financial Management Trainees, who are training to be corporate policy specialists, with the then Secretary, Mr Michael L’Estrange AO, on 3 September 2008.
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Kimberly Radford
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Departmental officer Ms Patricia Martino learning Arabic for a posting to Abu Dhabi with her Language Tutor, Ms Loubna Khay, in Canberra, June 2009. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Locally engaged staff from a range of overseas posts participating in a Leadership and Development Program in Canberra on 22 October 2008.
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Tim O’Hara

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