Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Kevin Rudd, MP
Mr Rudd 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), development assistance matters, consular and passport functions and management of the overseas estate. 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 Rudd shares responsibility for international security and counter–terrorism issues with the Minister for Defence. Mr Rudd has primary carriage of non-trade related public affairs activities and questions of protocol.
Mr Rudd also has responsibility for the administration and management 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. Dr Craig Emerson, MP
Dr Emerson is responsible for pursuing Australia’s trade and investment interests including through a range of trade negotiations and promotional activities. Dr Emerson is responsible for Australia’s engagement with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the 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. Dr Emerson chairs the Cairns Group of agricultural exporting countries. He is also responsible for trade and development issues, including aid for trade.
At the regional level, Dr Emerson is actively engaged in pursuing Australia’s trade and economic interests, including through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and East Asia Summit forums, through the ASEAN–Australia–New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and through negotiations to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dr Emerson’s responsibilities include negotiating improved bilateral trade commitments, including through free trade agreements with a range of Australia’s trading partners. Dr Emerson has responsibility for Australia’s trade promotion agency, Austrade, and Australia’s export facilitation agency, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation.
Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, The Hon. Justine Elliot, 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 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.
Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, The Hon. Richard Marles, MP
Mr Marles supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs in advancing Australia’s interests and diplomatic relations in the Pacific. As part of this responsibility, Mr Marles 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 Marles 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.