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Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer
13 June 2001
Diplomatic appointment: Consul-General in Chicago
I have today announced the appointment of Mr Ron Harvey, CVO, AM as Consul-General of Australia in Chicago. Mr Harvey is expected to take up his appointment in August 2001.
Chicago is a major financial and industrial centre and a key location for powerful mid-west farm interests, and for the transport and communications sector. The new Consulate-General will enhance Australia's existing relations and build new links with a wide range of decision-makers from this important region of the United States. It will support Australian business in identifying, developing and utilising trade and investment opportunities in a region that generates nearly one third of the GDP of the largest economy in the world. The expansion of Australia's presence in the United States will also improve consular service delivery for Australians who require assistance.
Mr Harvey has had a distinguished public administration career having served in senior positions in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Sport Recreation and Tourism and as Administrator of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands (1997-98). He has served as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (1982-83) and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Sport and Tourism (1998-99) and Minister for the Capital Territory and Communications (1976-78). Mr Harvey managed the National Economic Summit (1983) and was Executive Director of the National Taxation Summit (1985). He was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission and Director of the Australia Institute of Sport (1987-89). Mr Harvey is currently serving as a Vice President of the Australian Olympic Committee and as an Executive Adviser to the Asia Pacific Space Centre.