2 February 1999

Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador To Germany

I have announced today the appointment of Mr Paul O'Sullivan as Australian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mr O'Sullivan will replace Mr Max Hughes, who has been Ambassador since January 1995.

Reflecting Germany's increasing global significance as the world's third largest economy and its central role in European economic and security structures, the Australian government places the highest priority on bilateral relations with Germany. Australia's new Ambassador will pursue the Government's commitment to upgrade further relations with Germany during a period of major change with a new Government in place and the move this year of the seat of Government from Bonn to Berlin. Germany is Australia's ninth largest trading partner and our seventh largest source of foreign investment. With the longer-term expansion of German business activities in the Asia Pacific region, there will be greater opportunities for political, trade and investment links between our two countries.

Mr O'Sullivan, one of Australia's most senior diplomats, joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1971. From 1991 to 1994, he was Australia's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Disarmament issues, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to this, Mr O'Sullivan served in Australian Embassies in Rome, Washington and Cairo. He has held a variety of senior positions in the Australian Government.

From 1994 to 1996, Mr O'Sullivan headed two divisions of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade dealing successively with Australia's political and economic relations with Europe and the Americas, and with international organisations and legal issues. Most recently he was Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Washington.

Mr O'Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney. He was born in Sydney in 1948. He and his wife Merrilyn have three sons.

He is expected to take up his appointment in April 1999.

For further information: 

Minister - Innes Willox (02) 6277 7500
Department - Geoff Leach (02) 62611555

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