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NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF AUSTRALIA PRESENTS CREDENTIALS
(Based on information received from the Protocol and Liaison Service.)
The new Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations, Robert Hill, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Hill was a member of Australia’s Senate, where he represented South Australia from 1981 until the present. During that time, he held a number of senior Cabinet positions, including Minister for Defence (2001-2006), Minister for the Environment and Heritage (1998-2001), and Minister for the Environment (1996-1998). He was also Leader of the Government in the Senate from 1996 to 2006, and Leader of the Opposition from 1990 to 1996.
Before entering politics, Mr. Hill was a barrister and solicitor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Adelaide, and a Master of Laws from the University of London.
Born on 25 September 1946, Mr. Hill is married and has four children.
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