Stop the sniping: We spend so little on ambassadors but they’re more important than ever

Australia is about to hold an historic meeting of the country's best diplomatic minds. At this meeting, Australia's ambassadors, high commissioners and consuls-general overseas will attempt to devise a durable strategy for Australia's future international engagement at one of the most unpredictable and possibly transformational moments of our modern era. It is in our interest that they succeed.

Celebrating women in cyber

Today, on International Women’s Day 2017, our Ambassador for Cyber Affairs has released a video celebrating women in cyber. The compilation showcases some of the extraordinary work being done by women in cyber worldwide. We hope this video inspires more women and men to take up one of the many diverse, challenging and rewarding careers in the important field of cyber.

Let’s all be Bold for Change

Today is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, Be Bold for Change, calls on all of us to step up to help create a world that is more inclusive and equal. The aim is for a world that is more peaceful and sustainable, where the contribution of women is recognised, valued and respected. Australia is committed to this endeavour.

An Era of Asian Opportunity

If my four years in Singapore, on top of more than three decades in the wider Australian foreign service, has convinced me of one thing, it is this: that the rise of the economies of Asia is the dynamic of our time. Australia stands to secure great benefit from these dynamics – if we play it right.