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Philip Flood

Philip Flood AO is a distinguished former Australian diplomat and a former senior public servant. The highlights of Flood's career include Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He was also Ambassador to Indonesia and Director-General of AusAID.

Since his retirement from the public service in 2000, Flood has been actively involved with CARE Australia, the Australia-Indonesia Institute and Asialink; and has headed several public inquiries, the most recent being the Inquiry into Plasma Fractionation, the Inquiry into Australia’s Intelligence Agencies and the Inquiry into Detention Centres.

Articles by Philip Flood (1)

  • Don't let fear stand in the way of a debate on a larger Australia

    Australia's founding governor, Arthur Philip, expected the settlement he led would in time become 'the Empire of the East'. In his important and timely National Press Club address, Michael Fullilove is more modest but he makes a powerful case for a national conversation on whether Australia should seek to become a much larger country – a big, confident country with a bigger tool chest, including an extensive diplomatic network and a stronger military, and eventually 'an ability to influence the