Statement on Caroline Kennedy

  • Media release
16 December 2021

I warmly welcome President Biden’s nomination of Caroline Kennedy to serve as the United States’ Ambassador to Australia.

Ms Kennedy has a distinguished career in law, the arts, education and philanthropy. If confirmed by the United States Senate, she would bring deep political networks in Washington and a keen understanding of our Indo-Pacific region, including from her time as US Ambassador to Japan. She would be the second woman to serve in the role.

Ms Kennedy’s nomination comes as we mark and celebrate the 70th year of the ANZUS Treaty. Our Alliance has never been more central to the interests of both countries.

As US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and I discussed last week in Liverpool, we look forward to having a Senate-confirmed Ambassador in place in Canberra in light of the scope and scale of the shared challenges we face.

We acknowledge and thank Chargé d’Affaires Mike Goldman for his ongoing engagement.

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