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17th November 2020 Canberra, Australia

Vicki Treadell

British High Commissioner to Australia

Creating our future: #TogetherForOurPlanet

In November 2021 the UK is hosting the next major UN Climate Conference – known as COP26.  Glasgow, the UK’s most sustainable city, will play host to what has been called “the Olympics of international diplomacy” as thousands of representatives from every country arrive to discuss the challenge of tackling climate change. While the entertainment […]

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28th February 2020 Canberra, Australia

Nick Pearson

Pro Consul at the British Consulate-General

What matters to me on the day before the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Every year it is hard to miss the signs that the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras season is upon us. While permanent reminders of Sydney’s support for the LGBTQI community – such as the iconic Rainbow Crossing in Taylor Square – remain with us year-round, it is fair to say the city shifts into […]

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7th October 2018 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

She’s back! The return of Dr Who Down Under

As a child, watching Dr Who once a week was a family ritual. I still get a shiver down my spine whenever I hear that iconic music (‘Dun-dun-dun, dun-dun-dun, dun-dun-dun, dun-dun-dun, Waooooooooooo, Waoooooooooo….’) and remember the nights spent watching the latest episode from behind the sofa. The Daleks and Davros scared the heebie-jeebies out of […]

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2nd August 2018 Canberra, Australia

Brigadier Andy Harrison

UK Defence Advisor to Australia

100 years, 100 reasons why Armistice matters

Note: This article originally published in The Australian newspaper on 3rd August 2018. In exactly 100 days, the world will pause to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. This historic agreement brought an end to the slaughter of World War I. The anniversary of these six signatures in a railway carriage in Compiegne, France, remains deeply relevant. […]

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25th May 2018 Canberra, Australia

Brigadier Andrew Harrison DSO MBE

UK Defence Advisor to Australia

When there was nothing you could do

Note: this speech was delivered by Brigadier Andrew Harrison as part of the National Sandakan Remembrance Day Wreathlaying Ceremony 2018 at the Australian War Memorial.  Last Saturday, a third of the globe’s population paused and watched, captivated, as a soldier from the town of Windsor, deeply in love, married his bride.  Glorious spring sunshine illuminated the […]

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18th May 2018 Canberra, Australia

Shilpi Mehta Nanda

by Shilpi Mehta Nanda

Senior Intellectual Property Adviser, UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO)

IP Commercialization and Academia Industry linkages

A successful bilateral symposium on Industry-Academia linkages was organised through Newton-Bhabha Fund by the Royal Academy of Engineering with their Indian partners (CIPAM {DIPP}) and Department of Science and Technology’s Policy Centre) in Chandigarh on April 16 and 17, 2018.  The symposium emphasised on ‘Driving Growth and Innovation through Industry Academia Partnerships and working in […]

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17th May 2018 Canberra, Australia

Brigadier Andrew Harrison DSO MBE

British Defence Advisor to Australia

Australian courage remembered on 75th anniversary of Dambusters raid

Note: This article originally published in The Australian newspaper on 16th May 2018. This is a year of commemoration. We have just witnessed the poignant 100th anniversary of the battle of Villers-Bretonneux and the centenary of the Royal Air Force. On November 11 we will mark a century since the armistice ended World War I.  And today […]

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17th April 2018 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

The Commonwealth: Passing the baton

This month is all about the Commonwealth. We are on the cusp between the end of the (fantastic) Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, and the start of the Commonwealth Summit (also known as CHOGM – Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting) on 16-20 April, when the baton will be handed, metaphorically, to the UK as […]

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8th March 2018 Canberra, Australia

Ingrid Southworth

Deputy High Commissioner

Women in Security

The security world has a diversity problem. The number of women in senior security roles, within government (and beyond) while improving remains stubbornly low. The higher you go the worse it tends to get.   By background I am more of a securocrat than a diplomat and have spent most of my career working on national […]

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We develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the UK and Australia. We work on a wide range of political, commercial, security, defence, and economic matters of interest…

We develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the UK and Australia. We work on a wide range of political, commercial, security, defence, and economic matters of interest to the UK and Australia and provide consular support to the many Britons visiting and living in Australia.

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