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					Kevin Rudd MP                                                                  Stephen Smith MP
 The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs                                               The Hon Stephen Smith MP
                                                                               Minister for Defence


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                                    AUSMIN - 8 November 2010
 Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith will host the next Australia-United
 States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations on Monday 8 November at Government House in
 Melbourne.

 “We look forward to hosting Secretary Clinton and Secretary Gates, two of the highest ranking
 members of President Obama’s Cabinet, in Melbourne,” said Mr Rudd.

 “Their visit will mark the 25th anniversary of the first AUSMIN talks in Canberra in 1985, and 70 years
 of diplomatic relations between Australia and the United States.”

 Secretary Clinton’s visit to Australia will be her first as US Secretary of State. Secretary Gates visited
 Australia for AUSMIN in 2008.

 AUSMIN is the premier forum for strengthening Australia-US Alliance cooperation in the Asia-Pacific
 region and globally on foreign policy, defence and strategic matters.

 It is scheduled annually, with the venue alternating between Australia and the United States. The last
 AUSMIN was held in Washington, DC on 9 April 2009.

 “Australia’s Alliance with the United States is the bedrock of our strategic and defence arrangements,”
 Mr Smith said.

 “For nearly 60 years the Alliance has prospered by supporting our shared strategic interests and
 adapting to our evolving operational demands.”

 AUSMIN follows Mr Rudd’s meeting in Washington in September with Secretary Clinton, and Mr
 Smith’s meeting with Secretary Gates in Hanoi in October.




                              Mr Smith’s Office: Mary Bagnall (02) 6277 7800
                        Mr Rudd’s Office: Kate Sieper (02) 6277 7500 or 0466 745 615
                       Department: (02) 6127 1999 (Defence) or (02) 6261 1555 (DFAT)

				
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