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    Australian Perspective: Asian Economic Trends

    Asian economic trends and their global implications: the Australian perspective

    Dr Martin Parkinson PSM, Secretary to the Australian Treasury, and HE The Hon Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the UK, will give a private briefing exclusively for Asia House Corporate Members, followed by a roundtable discussion.

    Dr Martin Parkinson was appointed as Australia’s Secretary to the Treasury in March 2011. As Secretary, he is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management and a member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and Infrastructure Australia.

    Dr Parkinson was the Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in December 2007, and headed up the Climate Change Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet earlier in 2007.

    Between 2001 and 2006, Dr Parkinson was Deputy Secretary in Treasury with responsibility for domestic and international macroeconomic issues, including serving as co-chair of the G-20 Deputies process in 2006. He has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund.

    He holds a Ph.D from Princeton University, a M.Ec from the Australian National University and a B.Ec (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2008.

    The Hon Alexander Downer AC was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in March 2014.

    Mr Downer has had a long and distinguished political career in Australia, and was until recently the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1976 and served at the Australian Embassy in Belgium before moving into politics. Elected to the Federal Parliament in 1984 (Liberal member for Mayo in South Australia), he held this seat until his retirement from Parliament in July 2008. He served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, from 1996 to 2007, making him Australia’s longest-serving Foreign Minister.

    This event is open to representatives of Asia House Corporate Members only

    To register or for further information, please contact the Asia House Business & Policy Team: business.policy@asiahouse.co.uk

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      21 July 2014
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