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Diplomatic Appointment - Ambassador to Indonesia

Media release

11 July 2010

I announce today that the Australian Government has nominated Mr Greg Moriarty as Australia's Ambassador to Indonesia. Mr Moriarty would replace Mr Bill Farmer AO who has been Ambassador since November 2005.

As is the case with all foreign ambassadors in Indonesia, Mr Moriarty's appointment will be subject to agrément from the Government of Indonesia. This process includes consideration by Indonesia's Parliament.

The relationship between Australia and Indonesia is stronger than ever. Ours is a partnership between two open and robust democracies, described by both sides as a strategic asset during President Yudhoyono's visit to Australia in March this year.

Australia and Indonesia work closely on shared interests including trade and investment, defence, development assistance, law enforcement, disaster management, counter-terrorism, climate change, and people smuggling.

We have completed a feasibility study for an Australia-Indonesia Free Trade Agreement, paving the way for negotiation of an agreement in the future.

Reflecting the strength of bilateral ties, there have been 70 ministerial visits in both directions since November 2007.

People-to-people links are broad and long standing. In 2009, almost 18,000 Indonesian students studied in Australian educational institutions. Around 550,000 Australians visited Indonesia in 2009, a record number.

Consistent with Indonesia's growing regional and global influence, we cooperate on a range of multilateral interests, including through the G20 and WTO.

Australia and Indonesia co-chair the Bali Process to further strengthen regional efforts to combat people smuggling, human trafficking and transnational crime.

Mr Moriarty is a senior officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is currently First Assistant Secretary, Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division, a position he has held since April 2009.

Mr Moriarty has extensive experience within DFAT and previously served overseas as Ambassador to Iran. He has served previously in Indonesia, in Papua New Guinea, and as Senior Negotiator with the Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville.

Mr Moriarty holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours from the University of Western Australia and a Masters Degree in Strategic and Defence Studies from the Australian National University. He is married with two children. Mr Moriarty has studied Indonesian and Tok Pisin.

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