Ausaid Annual Report
2012–13

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A. Minister and Parliamentary Secretary

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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Bob Carr

During 2012–13 Senator Carr had overall responsibility for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, including administration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was responsible for all non-trade international political, multilateral and legal issues, (including the treaty-making process), consular and passport functions and management of the overseas estate and was the Cabinet minister responsible for development assistance. In addition, he was responsible for all human rights, arms control and disarmament issues, peacekeeping, and the non-trade related aspects of the United Nations system. Senator Carr shared responsibility for international security and counter terrorism issues with the Minister for Defence. Senator Carr had primary carriage of non-trade related public affairs activities and questions of protocol.

He also had responsibility for the administration and management of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

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Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Senator the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite

Senator Thistlethwaite supported the Minister for Foreign Affairs in advancing Australia's interests and diplomatic relations in the Pacific. As part of this responsibility, Senator Thistlethwaite worked with Pacific countries in taking forward and building on Australia's partnership approach to the region based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility. Senator Thistlethwaite was 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.