The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
 FORMER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA

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Media Release

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer
2 March 2001

Diplomatic appointment: High Commissioner to Zimbabwe

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Jonathan Brown as Australian High Commissioner to the Republic of Zimbabwe with non-resident accreditation to neighbouring African countries. Mr Brown will replace Mrs Denise Fisher, who has been High Commissioner since May 1998. He is expected to take up his appointment in May 2001.

Zimbabwe is an active member of the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the Organisation of African Unity and the Southern African Development Community. Australia has had diplomatic relations with Zimbabwe since independence and both countries maintain missions in each other's capitals. Australia has commercial and aid interests in Zimbabwe and consular services to Australian tourists are provided from the Australian High Commission in Harare and through honorary consuls in Luanda (Angola) and Maputo (Mozambique).

Mr Brown, a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, joined the Department in 1980 from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. He served in various legal advisory positions in the Legal Office (1980-91) and was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University (1991) before his appointment as Counsellor and Alternate Permanent Delegate to UNESCO in Paris (1992-95).

In Canberra, Mr Brown was Secretary to the Australian National Commission for UNESCO (1995-97), Director in the Environment Branch (1997-98) and Director of the Parliamentary Liaison Section (1999-2001).

Born in 1949 in Colac, Victoria, Mr Brown was educated at the Australian National University and the University of Cambridge. He is a barrister and solicitor and is married with two children.

Media inquiries: Matt Francis (Ministerial) 02 62777 500/
Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 2534/

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