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

Media Release

FA009 - 16 January 2006

Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Kiribati

I have today announced the appointment of Ms Anne Quinane as Australia's High Commissioner to the Republic of Kiribati. Ms Quinane will replace Mr Jurek Juszczyk who has been High Commissioner since February 2003. She is expected to take up her appointment in March 2006.

Australia and Kiribati have a long-standing, friendly relationship, which dates from the establishment of Australia’s High Commission in Tarawa in 1981 shortly after independence. Australia and Kiribati co-operate closely in a number of fora, including the Pacific Islands Forum, the Commonwealth and the United Nations. The two countries have close person-to-person links and work well together particularly in development assistance, trade and investment, and defence cooperation.

Ms Quinane is an experienced staff member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Director, Locally Engaged Staff Management Section, a position she held since July 2005.Ms Quinane has held various positions in Canberra including Executive Officer and Acting Director, Post and Locally Engaged Staff Management Issues Section (2004-05), Executive Officer and Acting Director, Trade Liaison Section (2002-04), Executive Officer, Pacific Bilateral Section (2000-02), Desk Officer, Office Structures Implementation Team, Corporate Management Division (1988-91), Desk Officer, Australia-China Council (1988) and Desk Officer Passports Policy Section (1984).

Overseas Ms Quinane has served as First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Warsaw (1995-2000), First Secretary, and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Budapest (1991-93), Administrative Attache, Australian Embassy, Rome (1984-88), Administrative Attache, Australian Embassy, Warsaw (1981-83) and Vice Consul, Australian Embassy, Jakarta (1979-81). Ms Quinane joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1976.

Ms Quinane was born in Canberra in 1950. She has one son.

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