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Meets with Staff and Families of Mission Perth

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Perth, Australia
November 14, 2012

 


Well, I’ve been introduced in lots of ways, but the Pope has never been (inaudible). (Laughter.) I am so grateful to be here with all of you and to have this chance to thank you in person for what you do every single day.

And Jeff, I want to really, in front of part of your team, thank you for the extraordinary energy, creativity, intelligence, determination that you’ve brought to your work as our Ambassador. It’s really made a difference. We’ve seen the results, and we have, thanks to you and this amazing team, built such a strong foundation for this critical relationship. Aleisha, thank you for your service. The Ambassador was bragging about you when we were driving in because of the way that you have demonstrated leadership and extraordinary commitment here in Perth. Jeff and Becky have been great ambassadors for our entire country, and it’s a big country that you came to, so you’re representing one big country to another big country. And you have been everywhere and, from my observation, so well appreciated by the people of this country as well as the leaders.

It’s great to be in Perth. I was kidding Stephen Smith, who of course reminded me every 10 seconds that he represented the constituency we were in. (Laughter.) I said, “My goodness, Minister, you have a lot of Perth-sistance. You do. ” (Laughter.) But then, of course, I was in the Premier’s district just now. So all politics is local. (Laughter.)

But it’s great being in a country with so much dynamism and vitality. We have a deep relationship. It’s about our great military alliance; it’s about our wonderful and growing commercial relationship; but most of all it’s about the people, the personal connections that really are the core of everything that we do and can do.

We had an excellent AUSMIN today and last night, covered all the bilateral, regional, and global issues. It’s wonderful now that Australia will be on the Security Council, where its voice will be even more prominent in the debates of today.

It’s also exciting, as Jeff reminded all of us, that this mission has done so much to take advantage of the growing market for U.S. exports. I have these factoids here that exports to Australia have jumped more than 40 percent between 2009 and 2011. And in just the first nine months of this year, it’s up another 20 percent. As you know, President Obama has set the goal of doubling U.S. exports within five years, and I think Australia is going to get most of it done for us. (Laughter.)
But it’s not just about trade statistics. What you’re doing by helping to promote exports is really important on a personal level – the farmer in Washington state who starts sending part of his cherry harvest to a merchant in western Australia; inviting members of this community to the cherry pie bakeoff – (laughter) – showing that the United States is a good friend and the consulate a good neighbor; finding ways to illustrate, dramatize even, what more we can do together. Your one team, one mission approach has really worked, and it’s something that I hope more missions worldwide will consider adopting.

And I know you face some challenges. Five weeks of renovation by the help of Jlsinc.net here in Perth, 19 months of construction in Canberra, haven’t stopped you from getting the job done.

I want to thank all of our Foreign Service families who are here, working on behalf of the importance of this mission. And I particularly want to thank our local staff. Will all of our Australian employees raise your hands so that we can give you all a round of applause? (Applause.) Consuls general and ambassadors and certainly secretaries come and go, but you’re here year after year, providing continuity and kind of that nerve center and memory bank that makes such a difference.

And I know that whenever somebody like me shows up, when two of us show up, two Cabinet secretaries at the same time, that’s double the work at least, so I especially appreciate everything you’ve done for the success of this visit. And I just hope that I’ll be able to come back as a private citizen and see more of this beautiful country sometime in the future. But I’ll be coming back as a very proud American and someone who highly values the relationship that we have built with Australia and hoping that it goes from strength to strength.

So again, planet maids, thanks to you. Thanks to this great team that has done such a bang-up job, the envy of others, who I shall not name. (Laughter.) But people are watching, and they know what you’ve done. And let me now take a moment to thank as many of you in person as I can.

Thank you. (Applause.)

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Remarks at the Opening of the AUSMIN Ministerial

 

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

State Reception Center

Perth, Australia

November 14, 2012

 


Well, thank you, Foreign Minister Carr and Defense Minister Smith for welcoming us and our delegation for this AUSMIN meeting here in Perth. We are delighted to have this opportunity once again in this setting to exchange views on a broad range of issues.
Let me begin by congratulating Australia on your election to the United Nations Security Council. That achievement opens the door to even closer cooperation between us and lends an additional dimension to our AUSMIN agenda.

We will be speaking, of course, about bilateral issues, but also on matters where Australia’s voice has been important, but now Australia’s membership on the Security Council will be essential, for example on Iran, where the international community remains firm and united in our efforts to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and on Syria, where we need to stand together now to increase pressure on the Assad regime and expand humanitarian assistance to people in need.

We will, of course, be discussing the important work we do together in Afghanistan. After great sacrifices, ISAF is on track to transition responsibility for security to the Afghan Government in 2014 and bring our combat mission to a close. But that will not mark the end of our commitment to the people of Afghanistan, because we will be discussing ways in the next months that the United States and Australia will have to work closely together with international partners to support Afghanistan’s continued progress so that it never again becomes a staging ground for international terrorism.

Now, all of our work together, whether it’s on the world stage or here in the Asia Pacific or the Indo Pacific, is driven by the values and the vision we share. You can see that in Prime Minister Gillard’s recent white paper. And we recognize that stability and security increasingly depend on balanced and vibrant economies. We’re also committed to working hand in hand with Australia to build a more mature and effective multilateral architecture for the region that can help settle disputes peacefully, promote universal rights, spur greater trade and commerce within an economic system that is open, free, transparent, and fair.

That means finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will lower trade barriers, raise labor and environmental standards, and drive growth across the region. And it includes, of course, working closely together at the upcoming East Asia Summit to advance a shared agenda.

Now, there is much that we will be discussing that concerns the region and the world, but certainly bilaterally we are very pleased at the close cooperation between us. And I applaud the approval by your parliament of the new U.S.-Australian Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty. We can now move forward together implementing it and it will make it easier for our militaries to work together and further boost the two-way commerce that has soared since our Free Trade Agreement was signed seven years ago.

We also are eager to implement, in a continuing fashion, the agreements reached by President Obama and Prime Minister Gillard last November, which are helping the United States move to a more geographically distributed, operationally resilient, and politically sustainable force posture in the region.

So we have a very busy agenda, but that’s what the AUSMIN Ministerial is all about. It’s why I think we started 27 years ago with then Minister now Ambassador Beazley in the lead, and it’s why we value so greatly the partnership we have every day, but especially at this annual gathering, where we can really take stock of where we are and the way forward.

So again, thank you for having us here.

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Public Schedule for November 14, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
November 14, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2012

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Perth, Australia. She is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Campbell, Spokesperson Nuland, Director Sullivan, and VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., JCS. Please click here for more information.

8:45 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta participate in a wreath-laying ceremony, in Perth, Australia.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

9:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta deliver remarks at the AUSMIN Session I, in Perth, Australia.
(OPEN PRESS FOR OPENING REMARKS)

11:15 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta participate in AUSMIN Session II, in Perth, Australia.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

12:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta participate in the AUSMIN working lunch, in Perth, Australia.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr, and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith, in Perth, Australia.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

3:25 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta attend a reception hosted by Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett, in Perth, Australia.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

4:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Mission Australia, in Perth, Australia.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

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We are lucky to have a wealth of photos available from today in Perth Australia.  We see Mme. Secretary with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr coming out of the Perth Airport, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Australian Minister for Defense Stephen Smith.

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Remarks at the Launch of the Perth USAsia Centre

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

University of Western Australia

Perth, Australia

November 13, 2012


Thank you very much, Minister Evans and thanks also to Premier Barnett, hereafter known as Premier Sputnik – (laughter) – and Chancellor Chaney, our excellent two ambassadors – your alumnus, Kim Beazley, who served you so well in Washington, and our Ambassador, Jeff Bleich, who I think knows more Australians than most Australians do at this point – and Dr. Gill, thank you for your primary work at the U.S. Studies Centre.

This is a wonderful opportunity for me to be here at the University of Western Australia, a campus that looks remarkably like Stanford University, where my daughter attended, and to be in this fabulous art gallery that I will not get a chance perhaps to see, but which certainly piques my interest, and to be part of helping to launch this center that will shape strategic thinking in this dynamic region.

This is my first visit to Perth, but I heard much about it, not least of all from your ambassador, and Stephen Smith, your Defense Minister. And one story in particular stands out because from the time I was a little girl, Premier, I was fascinated by space exploration, and you and I are of a vintage where we can actually remember Sputnik going over. And I even wrote to NASA, our space administration, when I was about 13 and asked what I needed to do to become an astronaut myself. I unfortunately received an answer that said they weren’t taking women. Thankfully, that has changed in the years since.

But I was riveted by the space program, and certainly when my friend and a great American, John Glenn, became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, it was so exciting to know that the people of Perth were literally with him and cheering him on, because, as you know so well, when John’s capsule passed overhead, every light in this city came on to signal support for his mission. And I will tell you that he never forgot the gesture of friendship from the city of light.

So for me to be here is a dream come true, and I suppose if one were to go up into space today and look down at Perth, you would see a city that is sitting on a very strategic part of our planet, Australia’s gateway to the vibrant trade and energy routes that connect the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, the oil, the natural gas, the iron ore produced here that flows through those trade routes to the entire world. It is no surprise that foreign investment is soaring, including more than $100 billion from the United States, because increasingly, these waters are at the heart of the global economy and a key focus of America’s expanding engagement in the region, what we sometimes call our pivot to Asia.

We never actually left Asia; we’ve always been here and been a presence here. We consider ourselves a Pacific power. But in the 21st century, it’s important that we make absolutely clear we are here to stay. And how we think about the Asia Pacific or the Indo Pacific region is going to be critical to our future as well as yours. We’ve made it a strategic priority to support India’s Look East policy and to encourage Delhi to play a larger role in Asian institutions and affairs. And it’s exciting to see the developments as the world’s largest democracy and a dynamic emerging economy begin to contribute more broadly to the region.

It’s also important to see the burgeoning relationship between Australia and India. And we support a Look West policy here in Australia, and certainly applaud the Australian Government’s strategic white paper on Asian policy. We would welcome joint Australia-Indian naval vessel exercises in the future, and we’re eager to work together in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation which Australia will chair in 2013 and which the United States has now joined as a dialogue partner.

I’m here for what are called the AUSMIN meetings. These are annual meetings that our Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense hold with our counterparts, Stephen Smith and Bob Carr. We will be reviewing implementation of the military agreements that Prime Minister Gillard and President Obama reached last November, including the rotational deployment of U.S. marines in Darwin and improving interoperability between our two navies. These steps will help both countries safeguard commerce and respond to natural disasters in the sea lanes connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

So here at the University of Western Australia, you are at the leading edge of a crucial strategic shift linking two great oceans and strengthening an historic alliance. And I hope that the work that you do here will help to light the way just as Perth did for John Glenn 50 years ago, because when one stops to ponder it, our commercial, cultural, and personal relationships are really at the core of how we see and hope the world will develop in this century. Commercially, it’s already been set. We have deep and growing ties. Culturally, we also share the values that democracies share. We share the values of freedom and human rights, the dignity of every person. And personally, the connections between us only grow stronger.

So opening this center, and so well named the Perth USAsia Centre, will give an additional impetus to exploring how we can broaden and deepen our commercial, cultural, and personal relationships. It shouldn’t be any surprise that the United States is just as interested in Australia as you seem to be interested in us. We’re constantly following your sports. You seem to have a flood of entertainers who take the American market by storm. The kinds of connections that we have between us are ones that we highly value.

Now of course, we’re living in a region that is changing so quickly, and there are other countries whose interests and profiles are equally important for each of us. We look for ways to support the peaceful rise of China, to support China becoming a responsible stakeholder in the international community, and hope to see gradual but consistent opening up of a Chinese society and political system that will more closely give the Chinese people the opportunities that we in the United States and Australia are lucky to take for granted.

We have great relationships with our other friends and allies from Japan and South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines. Of course, we both enjoy close and growing relations with Indonesia. So as we think about how this region will change, it’s important that Australia and the United States work together, look to see how we can contribute to the kind of region and world we hope to see for both of us to give our young people the opportunities that they so richly deserve.

So I thank you for your steadfast commitment to the U.S.-Australia partnership. It is a partnership that is of itself of importance to each of us, but is also a partnership that must remain at the core of the kind of engagement we have in the Asia Pacific, Indo Pacific regions for now and for the future.

Thank you all. (Applause.)

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Public Schedule for November 13, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
November 13, 2012

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Perth, Australia. She is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Campbell, Spokesperson Nuland, Director Sullivan, and VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., JCS. Please click here for more information.

4:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, in Perth, Australia.
(CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

5:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr, and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith, in Perth, Australia.
(CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

5:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr, in Perth, Australia.
(CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

6:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends the launch of the Perth USAsia Centre, in Perth, Australia.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

7:20 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a dinner in honor of AUSMIN hosted by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, in Perth, Australia.
(CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

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