The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP

Media Release

FA30 - 20 March 2003

Appointment: Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Nick Warner as Australia's Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism.

The Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism will provide a focal point for coordinating, promoting and intensifying the Government's international efforts to combat terrorism. He will have a key role in ensuring a comprehensive and integrated policy approach to fighting terrorism and in facilitating operational-level cooperation between Australian agencies and their counterparts in other countries on counter-terrorism issues. The Ambassador will also be responsible for coordinating the international counter-terrorism initiatives of government agencies.

The establishment of the position of Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism reflects the high priority the Government attaches to fighting terrorism at home and in our region. The work of the Ambassador will build on the wide range of bilateral, regional and multilateral measures already taken by the Government since the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Mr Warner is a senior officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently First Assistant Secretary, South Pacific, Africa and Middle East Division. Other positions held include First Assistant Secretary, South and South East Asia Division (1998-99), Acting First Assistant Secretary, Public Affairs and Consular Division (1997-98), Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch and Senior Spokesman (1997), Director, Central and Southern Africa Section (1990-91) and Director, South Asia, Africa, Middle East Trade Section (1988-89). In the Office of National Assessments, Mr Warner held the positions of Deputy Head, Current Intelligence Branch and National Assessments Officer for Africa (1979-88).

Overseas, Mr Warner has served as High Commissioner, Port Moresby (1999-2003), Ambassador, Tehran (1994-97), Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Permanent Mission to the Supreme National Council, Cambodia (1991-93) and Head, Australian Liaison Office, Namibia (1989-90).

Born in Singapore, Mr Warner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in History and Asian Studies and a Master of Arts degree in History from the Australian National University.

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) +61 02 6277 7500 / Julie McDonald (Departmental) +61 02 6261 155