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Annual Report 2006–2007 Photo Gallery

Welcome to the photo gallery for the 2006–2007 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.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, (left) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Dr Hassan Wirajuda, signing the Australia–Indonesia Agreement on the Framework for Security Cooperation in Lombok, Indonesia on 13 November 2006. Photo: Rasto, Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ms Jacqui Rabel (second from left), a departmental officer attached to the Office of the Special Coordinator, and members of RAMSI undertaking community outreach in Solomon Islands, April 2007. Photo courtesy of RAMSI
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Minister for Trade, Mr Warren Truss, with Saudi Arabian Minister for Commerce and Industry, Dr Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani. Photo - See caption below for description
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Elizabeth O'Neill OAM
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The Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, and the United States President, Mr George W Bush, at the APEC conference Hanoi, Vietnam, November 2006. Photo: David Foote, Auspic Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, with regional leaders at the East Asia Summit, Cebu, Philippines in January 2007. Photo: David Foote, Auspic
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Senior Executive of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (as at 30 June 2007). Front centre: Mr Michael L’Estrange AO, Secretary. From left: Deputy Secretaries Mr Doug Chester (sitting), Mr Peter Grey (standing), Mr David Ritchie AO (standing), Mr David Spencer (standing), and Ms Gillian Bird (sitting). Photo: Michael Jensen Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Trade, Mr Warren Truss, welcoming Iraqi Minister of Oil, Dr Hussain al-Shahristani, to Australia. This was the first visit to Australia by a Minister of Iraq’s Government of National Unity. Photo: David Foote, Auspic
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, is welcomed to the inauguration ceremony of Nural Huda boarding school in Bekasi, West Java on 6 March 2007. The school is one of 2000 junior secondary schools to be built or renovated in Indonesia over the next three years under the Australian Government’s $355 million Basic Education Program, managed by AusAID. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Dr Robert Bowker (right), Ambassador to Egypt, in Rumbek, southern Sudan on 30 May 2007 with Mr George Forbes. The Ambassador’s assistance was critical in having Mr Forbes’ wrongful conviction for murder annulled the following week and in ensuring he received essential medical attention. Photo: Jennifer Fletcher
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Ambassador to Indonesia Mr Bill Farmer AO talking with students of Al Munajah Islamic School in Central Java on 4 June 2007, during a visit to mark the first anniversary of the 2006 earthquake in Central Java. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The establishment of the Australia–Japan Joint Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations (JAUSMIN) in 2007 reflects the growing strength of our relationship with Japan. (From left to right) Then Japanese Foreign Minister, Mr Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, Minister for Defence, Dr Brendan Nelson and then Japanese Defense Minister, Mr Fumio Kyuma, celebrate the successful conclusion of the inaugural JAUSMIN meeting in Tokyo on 6 June 2007.
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The Australia–Japan security relationship has advanced markedly in recent years underpinned by our shared values, common strategic outlook and our respective alliances with the United States. A key achievement was the conclusion of the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation in March 2007. Prime Minister John Howard (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange copies of the Declaration during the official signing ceremony in Tokyo on 13 March 2007. Photo: David Foote, Auspic Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, and the Premier of the State Council, China, Mr Wen Jiabao, holding bilateral talks. Photo: David Foote, Auspic
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, (left) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Dr Hassan Wirajuda, signing the Australia–Indonesia Agreement on the Framework for Security Cooperation in Lombok, Indonesia on 13 November 2006. Photo: Rasto, Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador Ms Margaret Twomey (left) observing the vote in East Timor’s presidential elections at a polling centre at Tasi Tolu on 9 April 2007.
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The annual Australia–United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations are a highlight of the bilateral calendar. In December 2006, the United States hosted the talks in Washington. From left to right: Minister for Defence Dr Brendan Nelson, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer, US Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice, and US Deputy Secretary of Defense Mr Gordon England at the AUSMIN joint press conference. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The then Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Peter MacKay, hosted a visit by Mr Downer to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in September 2006. Mr Downer and Mr MacKay are pictured in the Speaker’s Library at Province House, Halifax.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, and European Commissioner for External Relations, Dr Benita Ferrero-Waldner, launching the development of a new partnership framework on future cooperation between Australia and the European Union, in Canberra on 25 June 2007. Photo: Michael Jensen Photo - See caption on right for description
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The then French Trade Minister, Ms Christine Lagarde (centre), and Australian Ambassador Ms Penny Wensley AO accompanied by business leaders at the launch in Paris of a new bilateral business group, the Chairman’s Club—within the Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) network, February 2007. Photo: Alastair Miller
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Minister for Trade, Mr Warren Truss, signing a memorandum of understanding with India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry, Mr Kamal Nath, at the 10th Joint Ministerial Commission meeting in New Delhi in March 2007. Photo: Adarsh Minocha, Foto Fare Photo - See caption on right for description
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Trainees in the Australian funded trade training school in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.
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Ambassador to Afghanistan Mr Brett Hackett. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Minister for Trade, Mr Warren Truss, with Saudi Arabian Minister for Commerce and Industry, Dr Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, meeting with Prime Minister of Iraq, Mr Nouri al-Maliki, in Baghdad. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Fourth Australia–South Africa Joint Ministerial Commission. Minister for Trade, Mr Warren Truss, and Minister for Trade and Industry of South Africa, Mr Mandisi Mpahlwa, signing the joint communiqué, 18 October 2006. Photo: Michael Jensen
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Ms Estelle Parker (centre), a departmental officer working for the Office of the Special Coordinator, and members of RAMSI undertaking a community outreach in Solomon Islands, April 2007. Photo courtesy of RAMSI Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ms Jacqui Rabel (second from left), a departmental officer attached to the Office of the Special Coordinator, and members of RAMSI undertaking community outreach in Solomon Islands, April 2007. Photo courtesy of RAMSI
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High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Mr Chris Moraitis, meets local stallholders at the opening on 12 September 2006 of the new 7.5 million PNG Kina Mount Hagen markets funded by the Australian Government. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The former Minister for Trade, Mr Mark Vaile (sixth from right), with his Cairns Group colleagues at the 20th Anniversary Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting in Cairns on 20–22 September 2006. At the meeting, ministers reaffirmed the Group’s commitment to achieving ambitious outcomes on agricultural trade liberalisation in the Doha Round of WTO negotiations.
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Minister for Trade, Mr Warren Truss (right), meets WTO Director-General, Mr Pascal Lamy, at the WTO Secretariat in Geneva in November 2006 to discuss the Doha Round of negotiations.
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Minister for Trade, Mr Warren Truss, and Indonesia’s Minister for Trade, Dr Mari Pangestu (right), meeting in Jakarta on 25 June 2007 for the Seventh Bilateral Trade Ministers’ Meeting. Photo - See caption on right for description
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APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting in the R G Casey Building, Canberra, 15 January 2007.
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Launch of the APEC 2007 curriculum resource—APEC: Strengthening our Community, Building a Sustainable Future, at the State Library of NSW, 18 April 2007. Left to right: Ms Sandra Henderson (DFAT); Mr Robert Baker (Consultant); Ms Kathy Kirby (Asia Education Foundation); Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer; Ms Gabrielle England (Curriculum Corporation); Ms Jane Weston (Consultant); and Ms Thuy Van Nguyen (NSW Ambassador to the National Youth Roundtable). Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador to the United Nations, the Hon. Robert Hill (right), congratulating Mr Ban Ki-moon on his confirmation as Secretary-General Designate of the United Nations, 13 October 2006.
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Greg Hunt (left), presenting a Wollemi pine to Bergius Botanic Gardens in Stockholm. Accepted by Swedish Minister for the Environment Mr Andreas Carlgren (right) and Curator of the Berguis Botanic Gardens, Ms Henni Wanntorp (centre).vPhoto: Mia Åkermark, Orasis Photo Photo - See caption on right for description
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Sub-Regional Ministerial Conference on Counter-Terrorism: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer (sitting right), and Indonesian Foreign Minister, Dr Hassan Wirajuda (sitting left), discuss counter-terrorism issues with Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Bill Farmer AO (second from right), and Dr Desra Percaya (second from left), Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs, in Jakarta, March 2007.
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Ensuring the safety of staff and visitors at our overseas posts is among our highest priorities. The guards at our embassy in Phnom Penh are shown here on 20 March 2007 with Mr Garry McGill from HRD Consulting, and First Secretary Ms Barbara Muzic, after graduating from the Guard Training course. The first training course was held in Singapore in March 2007. The course will travel to a total of 63 of our overseas missions with the final course planned for May 2008. Photo: Garry McGill Photo - See caption on right for description
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Mr Raymond Powell, Manager Official Diplomatic Information Network (ODIN) Administrative Unit, in front of a display of the department’s collection of historical communications equipment.
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Parliamentary delegation to Chile and Peru. Back row (L–R) Senator the Hon. Judith Troeth, the Speaker the Hon. David Hawker MP, and Senator Mark Bishop, at the BHP-Billiton majority owned Escondida mine site in Chile, 16 November 2006. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador of the Republic of Mali, Her Excellency Madame Maimouna Dial Guisse (seated third from left), after presenting her Letter of Credence to the Governor-General, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC, CVO, MC (seated third from right), 23 August 2006. Also pictured are the Secretary, Mr Michael L’Estrange AO (seated far right), and the Chief of Protocol, Ms Lyndall McLean AM (seated far left). Photo: Michael Jensen
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Visit by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, and heads of missions from the diplomatic corps to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, South Australia, May 2007. Photo: Peter Hoare Photo - See caption on right for description
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Mr Lex Bartlem, leader of the Emergency Response Team to Lebanon, prepares an Australian family for evacuation from Tyre, southern Lebanon, early August 2006. Photo: Group Captain Tracy Smart
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The department’s new Crisis Centre in operation for the first time following the crash of Garuda Flight 200 in Yogyakarta, March 2007. Photo - See caption on right for description
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Ambassador to Turkey, Ms Jean Dunn, with a young evacuee from Lebanon at the port of Mersin in Turkey. Photo: Stuart Clarke
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The department’s new Crisis Centre in operation for the first time following the crash of Garuda Flight 200 in Yogyakarta, March 2007. Photo - See caption on right for description
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An Inter-Departmental Task Force meeting in the department’s new Scully Room following the crash of Garuda Flight 200 in Yogyakarta, March 2007.
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The Aboriginal Worn Gundidj Dance Troupe from Victoria performing at the residence of the Australian Consul-General in Guangzhou, China, in November 2006. Photo - See caption on right for description
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One of Australia’s most innovative physical theatre groups, Strange Fruit, entertains an appreciative audience at the annual Baharat Rang Mahotsav Festival at the National School of Drama, New Delhi, India in January 2007. Strange Fruit was one of several companies which participated in AusArts India, a two-year program of the Australia International Cultural Council. Showcasing Australian expertise at major festivals of music, film, literature and the visual arts, AusArts India enhanced Australia’s image in India as a culturally diverse country. Photo: AVAS Photo’s Pvt Ltd
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Minister for Trade, Mr Warren Truss, with former and serving female employees of the department at the launch of the book Women with a Mission, 8 March 2007. Back row (L–R): The Secretary Mr Michael L’Estrange AO; Ms Denise Fisher; Ms Di Johnstone; Ms Rosaleen McGovern; Ms Sarah McCosker, (daughter of our current Ambassador to France,
Ms Penny Wensley AO); Mr Truss; Ms Felicity Volk, co-editor, Images of Australia Branch. Front row (L–R): Ms Tonia Shand; Ms Sue Boyd; Ms Ruth Pearce; Ms Margaret Adamson; Dr Moreen Dee, co-editor, Information Resources Branch. Photo: Michael Jensen
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Journalists visiting Australia from Africa under the department’s International Media Visits program meeting the Chair of the Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW, Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian AM (centre). The journalists are (left to right) Mr Kobina Ashmara (Ghana), Mr Peter Fabricius (South Africa), Mr Daniel Kaninda (South Africa) and Mr Laurent Chaburt (Mauritius).
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The department, through its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, actively promotes a positive and accurate image of Australia’s Indigenous peoples internationally. It does this through developing projects and initiatives that demonstrate the significant contributions Indigenous peoples make to the arts, business, industry and the professional fields. One of the key projects included the international touring of the Gelam Nguzu Kazi—Dugong My Son, Torres Strait Islander exhibition. The department supported one of the key artists, Mr Dennis Nona, to attend an exhibition opening and deliver master art classes in Vientiane, Laos, enabling audiences to experience first-hand the diversity of Indigenous art and culture. Torres Strait Islander artist Mr Dennis Nona (third from left standing) conducting master art classes with students from the School of Fine Arts, National University of Laos. Photo - See caption on right for description
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The Prime Minister Mr John Howard (centre), Mrs Howard, and New Zealand Prime Minister Ms Helen Clark (second from left), met by the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Mr John Dauth LVO (left) at the opening of the refurbished chancery of the High Commission in Wellington on 15 February 2007. Photo: Peter West, Auspic
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A new modern building to house our Consulate-General in Bali was among the significant construction works completed in 2006–07. The new offices commenced operations on 27 May 2007. Photo: Dan Brooks Photo - See caption on right for description
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A consular services training course held in the department’s new Crisis Centre.
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Locally engaged staff from a range of overseas posts participating in a training session in Canberra. Photo: Howard Moffat, Auspic Photo - See caption on right for description
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Corporate, Financial and Management Trainee Mr Stewart McBride.

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