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Appendix 1

Ministerial responsibilities

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Stephen Smith, MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Stephen Smith, MP Mr Smith has overall responsibility for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, including administration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is responsible for all non-trade international political, multilateral and legal issues (including the treaty-making process), consular and passport functions, management of overseas estate, and development assistance matters. In addition, he is responsible for all human rights, arms control and disarmament issues, peacekeeping, and the non-trade related aspects of the UN system. Mr Smith shares responsibility for international security and counter terrorism issues with the Minister for Defence. Mr Smith has primary carriage of non-trade related public affairs activities and questions of protocol. He also has responsibility for the administration and management of AusAID, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Minister for Trade, The Hon. Simon Crean, MP

Minister for Trade, The Hon. Simon Crean, MP Mr Crean is responsible for all trade matters—multilateral, regional and bilateral—and has responsibility for Austrade (including TradeStart, the Export Market Development Grants Scheme and the promotion of investment in Australia) and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC). Multilateral responsibilities include the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In the WTO context, Mr Crean chairs the 19-member Cairns Group of fair agricultural trading nations. WTO rules cover trade in goods (both agricultural and non-agricultural products), trade in services, trade-related intellectual property rights, as well as the dispute settlement system for managing trade disputes between WTO members. Bilateral responsibilities include free trade agreements and other trade and economic agreements with important trading partners. Regional responsibilities include APEC and ASEAN Free Trade Area—Australia and New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (AFTA–CER) arrangements. Mr Crean travels abroad to promote and advance Australian trade and commercial interests.

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, The Hon. Bob McMullan, MP

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, The Hon. Bob McMullan, MPMr McMullan supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs to implement Australia’s international development policy and is responsible for the day-to-day management of issues related to the aid program. This involves working closely with AusAID, international development partners, other donor governments and international organisations to advance Australia’s development objectives. He is also responsible for raising the awareness of the Government’s aid policies and priorities among the Australian public through the media and public events. Mr McMullan works closely with the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Mr Duncan Kerr, to advance the Pacific Partnerships for Development and other development assistance activities in the Pacific.

 

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, The Hon. Duncan Kerr, SC MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, The Hon. Duncan Kerr, SC MP Mr Kerr supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs in advancing Australia’s interests in the Pacific. With the Minister for Foreign Affairs, he works with Pacific countries in taking forward Australia’s new partnership approach to the region based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility. Mr Kerr works closely with the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Mr Bob McMullan, to advance the Pacific Partnerships for Development and other development assistance activities in the Pacific. Mr Kerr is also responsible for raising the Australian public’s awareness of the Government’s policies and priorities in the Pacific through the media and public events.

 

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade, The Hon. John Murphy, MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade, The Hon. John Murphy, MP Mr Murphy supports the Minister for Trade in relation to trade matters—multilateral, regional and bilateral—as well as responsibility for Austrade and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC). He takes an active role in informing the Australian public about the Government’s trade priorities and policies. He works with Austrade to promote market development activities and export and business development programs. He represents the Minister for Trade at trade-related functions and assists with informal consultations with State and Territory Ministers on trade matters.

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