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4 February 2009

Diplomatic Appointment - High Commissioner to Kiribati

Mr Brett Aldam is to be Australia's new High Commissioner to the Republic of Kiribati succeeding Ms Anne Quinane who has been High Commissioner since April 2006. Mr Aldam is expected to take up his appointment in April 2009.

Australia and Kiribati have a long-standing, friendly relationship based on strong historical people-to-people links which preceded the establishment of Australia’s High Commission in Tarawa in 1981.

As Kiribati approaches its 30th anniversary of independence, Australia and Kiribati continue to co-operate closely in a number of regional and international organisations, including the Pacific Islands Forum, the Commonwealth and the United Nations.

The relationship is underpinned by a substantial development assistance program, trade and investment links and support for maritime surveillance.

Mr Aldam, a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is currently Director of United States Trade Section, a position he has held since 2007. Other positions he has held in Canberra include Executive Officer, United States Trade Section (2006), Executive Officer, Pacific Regional Section (2001-02) and Executive Officer, Pacific Bilateral Section (1999-2001).

Overseas, Mr Aldam served as Second, later First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission, Nairobi (2003-06) and Third Secretary, Suva (1996-99).

Mr Aldam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Arts from the Northern Territory University and a Master of Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University. He is married.

Media inquiries: Mr Smith's office 02 6277 7500 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555