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Marise Payne has been re-appointed Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, with an added new portfolio of Minister for Women.
“Our agenda internationally will continue to be one which supports a safe and prosperous region, building economic opportunity and resilience. The continued strengthening of our alliances and strategic partnerships, particularly in the Indo-Pacific, will remain a critical priority, said Payne after her appointment Sunday.
She said the safety and security of Australians, and protection of Australians from threats including terrorism, cyber threats and health pandemics, the promotion of a robust international rules-based order to support global peace and prosperity and the delivery of sustainable and targeted overseas development assistance will also continue to be guiding principles of our approach.
“I look forward to early engagements with my counterparts at upcoming meetings, including the Pacific Islands Forum, AUKMIN, AUSMIN and ASEAN-related meetings.”
“In my new capacity as Minister for Women I look forward to building on the excellent work of my friend and colleague Kelly O’Dwyer. Securing economic opportunities for women, focussing on their safety and achieving genuine gender equality are just some of the areas on which I will direct my attention.”
Minister Payne said the intersection of my two portfolios also presents extraordinary opportunities to make gains for women and girls both at home and abroad. I look forward to embracing these over the coming term
She was first appointed Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs on 28 August 2018. A Senator for NSW since 1997, she has more than two decades’ parliamentary experience including 12 years’ membership of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. She is a former Minister for Human Services, and has held several shadow ministries.
The Senator was appointed Minister for Defence in September 2015. In this time, she delivered the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Plan, and Defence Industry Policy Statement. She oversaw a major renewal of the Australian Defence Force’s capabilities and led the organisation’s increased international engagement program with allies and partners.
She has been a member of the Liberal Party since 1982, serving on the NSW State Executive for 10 years, and was the Young Liberals’ first female President. Th Minister holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW.
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