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Annual Report 2004–2005 Photo Gallery

Welcome to the photo gallery for the 2004–2005 report. This section is an add on to the electronic version of this year's report capturing the photos used in the print report to create this electronic gallery. Each picture and caption is also displayed in its associated section throughout the report where access to the enlarged pictures is also available.

Each of the pictures has an enlarged version, just click on the picture or the " Enlarge image" link below each picture to view the bigger version of the photograph.


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Melissa Fransen, Consular Information Section, presenting information for travellers at the Smartraveller kiosk at the Holiday and Backpacker Expo in Melbourne, February 2005. Photo: Courtesy of Holiday and Backpacker Expo Photo - See caption on right for description
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At the Seventh Australia–Indonesia Ministerial Forum, Canberra, 17–18 March 2005. From left to right: Indonesian Minister for Law and Human Rights Hamid Awaluddin; Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile; Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr Hassan Wirajuda; Indonesian Coordinating Minister for the Economy Aburizal Bakrie; Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Bruce Billson; Indonesian Minister of Trade Dr Mari Pangestu; Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Ms Amanda Vanstone; Indonesia’s Chairperson of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) Sri Mulyani Indrawatie; Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer and Attorney-General Mr Philip Ruddock. Photo: AUSPIC/David Foote
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Senior Executive of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (at 30 June 2005). Front left: Mr Michael L'Estrange, Secretary. From left: Deputy Secretaries Mr Nick Warner (standing), Mr Doug Chester (standing), Dr Geoff Raby (sitting) and Ms Gillian Bird (standing). Photo: Michael Jensen Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Prime Minister Mr John Howard holds a joint press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, during the latter’s visit to Canberra in April 2005. Photo: AUSPIC
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From left to right: Australian Minister for Defence Senator Robert Hill; Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer; then US Secretary of State Colin Powell; and US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. They are speaking at a joint press conference following the 16th Annual Australian–US Ministerial (AUSMIN) Conference at the US State Department, Washington DC, 7 July 2004. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile co-hosting the fourth Australia–UAE Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) meeting with the United Arab Emirates' Minister for Economy and Planning, Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi. The meeting of the Australia–UAE JMC in Canberra launched negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement. Photo: Michael Jensen
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Australian Ambassador to China Dr Alan Thomas and Chinese Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai sign a memorandum of understanding officially launching negotiations for an Australia–China free trade agreement in the presence of Prime Minister John Howard and Premier Wen Jiabao. Photo: AUSPIC Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Prime Minister Mr John Howard meets with the Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, during his visit to Tokyo in April 2005. From left: Australian Ambassador to Japan Murray McLean OAM, Mr Howard and the Secretary, Michael L'Estrange. Photo: AUSPIC
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer visiting Pyongyang in August 2004. From left to right: Chris Kenny, Media Adviser Mr Downer's Office; Australian Ambassador to the DPRK Dr Alan Thomas; Mr Downer; HE Mr Kim Yong-nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly; Australian Ambassador to Japan Murray McLean OAM; Brad Haynes, Senior Adviser Mr Downer's Office; Alice Cawte, Counsellor—Political, Australian embassy Beijing; Scott Dewar, First Secretary, Australian embassy Beijing. Photo: John Feder Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer meets the Indian Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr Manmohan Singh, during his visit to India in June 2005.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer and Pakistan Minister for Industries, Production and Special Initiatives, Mr Jahangir Khan Tareen, sign a memorandum of understanding on counter-terrorism in Canberra in June 2005. Photo: AUSPIC Photo - See caption on right for description
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Australia's then Ambassador to the Russian Federation Leslie Rowe presents 'Kenny Koalas' to Vladimir Gugkaev, the representative of the President of the Northern Osetia and Alania. The Kenny Koalas were donated by the Australian Federal Police for victims of the hostage situation at School No 1 in Beslan, Northern Osetia.
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Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile (right) and Mr Kursad Tuzman, Turkish Minister of State in Charge of Foreign Trade, sign an Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement on 16 June 2005 at Parliament House, Canberra. Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey Photo - See caption on right for description
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Mr Don Randall MP and Julia Dixon, First Secretary, Australian embassy Beirut (standing at back), observe the ballot count in a polling booth in Zghorta during the fourth and final round of parliamentary elections held in northern Lebanon on 19 June 2005.
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Ministers attending the Cairns Group 27th Ministerial Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia, 30 March – 1 April 2005. Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile, is third from left, front row. Photo - See caption on right for description
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From left to right: Mr Chip Goodyear (CEO BHP), Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile, Sr. Diego Hernandez (President BHP), and Sr. Mauro Valdes (Vice President of Public Affairs, Minera Escondida), attend the BHP Copper Art Exhibition in Santiago, Chile during APEC 2004.
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An Australian observer team conducting inspections under Article VII of the Antarctic Treaty in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica in January 2005. Left to right are: Dr Conall O'Connell (Deputy Secretary, Department of the Environment and Heritage); Chris Moraitis (Senior Legal Adviser, DFAT, and leader of the Australian observer team); Brian Stone (US National Science Foundation representative, in charge of McMurdo Station); and Andrew Jackson (Manager, Antarctic and International Policy, Australian Antarctic Division). Photo: C O'Connell Photo - See caption on right for description
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The 2005 Plenary of the Australia Group, marking the 20th anniversary of the Group, was held in Sydney in April 2005. The Australia Group includes 39 countries, plus the European Commission, which work to prevent the spread of chemical and biological weapons. Photo: Dominique B. Werner
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Left to right: CPL Todd Williams, Australian Defence Force; Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Bruce Billson (who is also Australia's Special Representative on Mine Action); David Stuart, First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division. CPL Williams is explaining the workings of a mine to Mr Billson and Mr Stuart. Mr Billson launched Landmine Action Week at DFAT on 24 May 2005. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Left to right: Rebecca Geach, Jack McEwen and Ann Thirlaway. In December 2004 departmental staff put the finishing touches to an exhibition of historical communications equipment. The exhibition marked the closure of the department's Communications Centre, which had played a key role in Australia's international relations since 1943 when Prime Minister Curtin directed the department to coordinate all official overseas cable traffic.
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In September 2004, the department hosted a commemorative event paying tribute to the Indonesian contract staff, police and innocent bystanders who were killed or injured as a result of the terrorist attack against the Australian embassy in Jakarta on 9 September 2004. Then acting Secretary Joanna Hewitt and His Excellency Imron Cotan, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, light candles of remembrance for each person killed by the bomb. Photo: Michael Jensen Photo - See caption on right for description
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From left to right: The Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Colin Heseltine; CEO and President of GM Daewoo Nick Reilly; Hyun-sun Kim, the first Korean buyer of the Daewoo Statesman; Australian Minister for Trade, Mr Mark Vaile; and Lee Dong-ho, CEO of Daewoo Motors Sales Corporation. Mr Vaile launched the new model Statesman in Seoul, Korea, on 31 May 2005. Photo: Courtesy of GM Daewoo
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Iraqi Ambassador His Excellency Ghanim Taha Al-Shibli (seated centre left), after presenting credentials to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC (seated centre right) in November 2004. Also pictured are Deputy Secretary Nick Warner (seated, far right) and the acting Chief of Protocol Anne Plunkett (seated, far left). Photo: Michael Jensen Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Prime Minister Mr John Howard and Australia's Ambassador to Indonesia David Ritchie inspect medical supplies provided by the Australian Government on board a C-130 Hercules ready to depart Medan for Banda Aceh in February 2005. The supplies formed part of Australia's tsunami relief. Photo: AUSPIC/David Foote
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Douglas Wood, held hostage for 47 days in Iraq, visiting the DFAT Crisis Centre established to coordinate the Government's efforts for his release. From left to right: Chelsey Martin, Consular Branch; Simeon Gilding, Assistant Secretary, Consular Branch; Douglas Wood; Nick Warner, Deputy Secretary and Head of the Emergency Response Team; Gillian Bird, Deputy Secretary; Rod Smith, First Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy, Consular and Passports Division; and Colin Rigby, Senior Staff Counsellor. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Secretary, Michael L'Estrange, with representatives of the Tsunami Disaster Response Team receiving a joint citation for their work. Photo: Michael Jensen
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In advance of Prime Minister Howard's visit to Banda Aceh on 2 February 2005, Elizabeth O'Neill (Counsellor, Public Affairs, Australian embassy Jakarta) (centre) and Andrew Chandler (First Secretary, Defence, Australian embassy Jakarta) (right), and Major Matt Grant (Defence Headquarters Task Force, Banda Aceh) (left), inspect the damage caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Secretary, Michael L'Estrange, with representatives of the M-series Passport team recognised for producing a world class, highly secure travel document. Photo: Michael Jensen
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Consul-General John Olsen addressing guests at a trade and investment seminar during Australia Week in Los Angeles, held from 15 to 23 January 2005. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Australian High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Richardson cuts the first sod for work to begin on the construction of a kitchen for the Baptist School Complex and Orphanage at Trotor, watched by Rev. Victor Ofori, head of the school. The school received support under the department's Direct Aid Program. Photo: Andy Somers
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The staff of the Australian Pavilion at the 2005 World Exposition Aichi, Japan. The Expo ran from 25 March until 25 September 2005. DFAT staff in front from left: Peter Sams (Pavilion Director), Paul Molloy (Deputy Commissioner-General), Andrew Todd (Commissioner General) and Tom Menadue (Director, Business Liaison and Protocol). Photo: Terry Hope Photo - See caption on right for description
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Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Bruce Billson, launching the report 'Australia and the United States: Trade and Multinationals in a New Era', at Parliament House, June 2005. Looking on is Nicholas Coppel, Executive Director, Economic Analytical Unit.
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Australian High Commissioner Ian McConville is joined by members of Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group and the women and children of The Shelter, a recipient of Direct Aid Project funding in Mauritius. Wadumbah headlined at the 2005 'Australian Festival' in Mauritius. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visit the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan in June 2005. They are seen here with the pavilion 'platypus'. Photo: José Manuel Ramirez
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Departmental staff visit the site of the new chancery in Baghdad in February 2005. Left to right: Glenn Ashe (Senior Administrative Officer, Baghdad); Howard Brown (Ambassador); Nick Warner (Deputy Secretary); Kevin Nixon (Assistant Secretary, Overseas Property Office) and John Richardson (Assistant Secretary, Diplomatic Security Branch). Photo - See caption on right for description
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Repairs to the Australian embassy Jakarta and additional security works under construction following the terrorist bombing in September 2004.
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer with former and serving female employees of the department at the launch of the 'Women Working for Australia' display, 8 March 2005. Back row (L–R): Penny Richards, Minister, Australian embassy Tokyo; Caroline Millar, First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division and Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues; Felicity Volk, Director-Projects, Images of Australia Branch; Diana Page, Department of External Affairs cadet recruited in 1943; Mr Downer; Di Johnstone, former Ambassador to Nepal; Sue Tanner, Ambassador to Spain. Front row (L–R): Glenda Gauci, former Executive Director, Aichi Expo Unit; Karina Campell, former Ambassador to Laos; Ruth Pearce, recently returned Ambassador to the Philippines; and Heidi Venamore, recently returned deputy Head of Mission in Iraq. 'Women Working for Australia' celebrated the contribution made by Australian women to international diplomacy since the early 1900s. Photo: Michael Jensen Photo - See caption on right for description
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The new extension of the Currawong Childcare Centre was officially opened in February 2005 by the Secretary, Mr Michael L'Estrange. Departmental staff Margaret Bowen with her daughter Eri (left), and Mardi Wu with her daughter Siena (right), flank the Secretary.
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Pictured at DFAT's 2004 Roni Ellis Indigenous Study Awards (REISA) presentation ceremony on 3 December 2004 (standing, left to right): Doug Chester, Deputy Secretary; Nicole Rawson-Harris, daughter of Roni Elllis; Andrew Horne, REISA winner 2001; Terry Williams, Manager, Ngunnawal Indigenous Studies Centre, University of Canberra; Daphne Bennell, REISA winner 2003; Patrick Johnson, departmental officer, elite sprinter and 2004 Olympian; Jillian Omosigho, REISA winner 2002. Seated, left to right: Peter Backhus, who accepted the 2004 award for his daughter Tarran Backhus; and Jessica Wanganeen, REISA winner 2004. Photo: Michael Jensen    

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