Speeches | 03 December 2014

Response to invitation to comment DFAT, Consular Strategy 2014-16

As a research fellow at the Lowy Institute, together with colleagues and former colleagues, I have been researching issues confronting Australia’s consular service since 2009. The issues we have uncovered were first canvassed in 2009 in the Institute’s Blue Ribbon Panel Report, Australia’s Diplomatic Deficit, and dealt with again in the 2011 update to that report, Diplomatic Disrepair.1 In March 2013 the Institute released my policy brief Consular Conundrumthe rising demands and diminishing means for assisting Australians overseas, in which I outlined some of the challenges affecting the delivery of consular services and proposed some possible policy responses.2 I have drawn substantially on these publications in preparing this submission.

As a research fellow at the Lowy Institute, together with colleagues and former colleagues, I have been researching issues confronting Australia’s consular service since 2009. The issues we have uncovered were first canvassed in 2009 in the Institute’s Blue Ribbon Panel Report, Australia’s Diplomatic Deficit, and dealt with again in the 2011 update to that report, Diplomatic Disrepair.1 In March 2013 the Institute released my policy brief Consular Conundrumthe rising demands and diminishing means for assisting Australians overseas, in which I outlined some of the challenges affecting the delivery of consular services and proposed some possible policy responses.2 I have drawn substantially on these publications in preparing this submission.