With huge smiles, the business people I met shared exciting plans for attracting inward investment and driving local exports into new markets. I had come to talk about the importance of expanding trade with South East Asia but they were ahead of me and had so much to share.

Understanding and recognising the uniqueness of our individual differences is what makes our communities and countries strong, inclusive and progressive.

A White Paper may sound bureaucratic and complicated but getting it right can make a real difference to Australia’s security and prosperity.

As Australia’s first Indigenous Ambassador, I am delighted to have been involved in this indigenous-led project that aims to protect the integrity of indigenous design. It will improve the representation of indigenous culture in design and will have wider benefits for the world’s indigenous peoples and for Australia.

We do right now have an extraordinarily challenging role in mapping out the ‘known’ and ‘unknown unknowns’ confronting Australia’s national and international interests. Harder than anything else I can remember in my time in the job.

As Australia’s Ambassadors converge on Canberra for the very first Global Heads of Mission Meeting or GHOMM, we are poised to make a meaningful contribution to Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper.

Overall, it is a privilege to serve Australia abroad. There is never a day that I don’t marvel at the extraordinary role as well as the responsibilities I have been given. This spurs me to work hard and smart to make Australia proud.