I have today announced the appointment of Mr Ian Newton Wilcock as Australian
Ambassador to the State of Israel.
Mr Wilcock replaces Mr Peter William Rodgers, who has been Ambassador since
The Australian Government greatly values the strong bonds forged between
our two countries over many decades. The ties between Australia and Israel
are firmly grounded in historical links, shared values and personal relationships.
It is a priority of the Government to deepen and expand these ties.
Australia's trade relationship with Israel is solid but has not yet reached
its full potential. Opportunities are still to be investigated in our respective
markets in a range of sectors, including agriculture, high technology and
environmental industries. The Government supports greater commercial exchanges
and is encouraged by the increased number of business delegations between
the two countries. The Government will continue to promote Australia not
just as an attractive market in itself but also as a convenient springboard
into Asia and the Pacific.
Australia remains committed to the search for peace between Israel and its
Arab neighbours. Australia supports the negotiation of a just, enduring
and comprehensive peace settlement in the Middle East, based on UN Security
Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 425, the principle of land for peace and
the Oslo Declaration of Principles concluded between Israel and the PLO
Mr Wilcock, a career officer who began work in the Department in 1972, has
served in Australian missions in Tel Aviv and Manila. He was Counsellor
and later Minister in the Australian Embassy in Washington (1986-89). His
appointments within the Department have included Assistant Secretary, Americas
Branch (1990-93). He is currently Minister at the Australian High Commission
Mr Wilcock is a graduate of the Universities of Melbourne and Monash. He
was a lecturer at the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education before starting
in the Deparment.