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Australia India Council Annual Report 1999–2000


The Australian Government established the Australia–India Council in 1992 to broaden the relationship between Australia and India by encouraging and supporting contacts and increasing levels of knowledge and understanding between the people of both countries.

The Council comprises a board of members with interests in the Australia–India relationship, drawn from a wide cross-section of the Australian community. Mr Michael Abbott QC was appointed as Chairman of the Council in March 1999 for a period of three years.

The Council is serviced by a secretariat located in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. The Australian High Commission in New Delhi supports and promotes the Council’s activities in India.

Four indigenous artists
Hugo Weaving in India

(from left) Artists Kathy Marawili (Australia), Jangarh Singh Shyam and Bhuri Bai (India) and Djambawa Marawili (Australia) with the collaborative painting they made for Australia–India Council members to present to the President of India during the Council’s visit to India in November 1999. The four artists participated in the Indigenous artists exchange initiated and funded by the AIC and held at the Crafts Museum, New Delhi. (Andrew Blake)

Australian actor Hugo Weaving in New Delhi during his participation as an official guest at the 31st International Film Festival of India in January 2000 as part of the Journey festival of Australian films in India. (Natascha Stellmach © whiteroom productions 2000)

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Last Updated: 24 September 2014
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