Don’t mention Rudd: envoy’s past job ignored

Australia has a new diplomatic envoy bound for Singapore – but his past job as key adviser to Kevin Rudd has been seemingly airbrushed from his work history.
Nanjing Night Net

Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced today that senior diplomat Philip Green would become the next Australian High Commissioner in Singapore.

Mr Green was chief of staff to Mr Rudd for 15 months before the former prime minister spectacularly resigned as foreign minister in February and challenged Julia Gillard for his old job.

Mr Green had also served as Mr Rudd’s international adviser during his time as prime minister.

But these roles – among the most senior diplomatic jobs in the country – were left unmentioned in Senator Carr’s media statement.

Asked if this was a curious omission, a spokesman for Senator Carr said his departmental experience was most relevant but he was happy to confirm Mr Green’s past job.

“In addition to his experience as a career officer in the Department [of Foreign Affairs and Trade], Mr Green also served briefly as chief of staff to foreign minister Rudd,” he said.

This is not the first time a former chief of staff to the foreign minister has taken up a diplomatic post.

When Frances Adamson was appointed ambassador to China in March last year, Mr Rudd mentioned her past job as former foreign minister Stephen Smith’s chief staff.

Alexander Downer similarly mentioned Innes Willox – now with Australian Industry Group – was his chief of staff when appointing him Australia’s consul in Los Angeles.

The announcement issued by Senator Carr said Mr Green was expected to take up his appointment in November.

Mr Green is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was most recently first assistant secretary in the department’s international security division.

He has previously served overseas as high commissioner in South Africa (2004-2008), and in Kenya (1998-2000).

In 2004, Mr Green headed the secretariat for the Review of Australian Intelligence Agencies. He was deputy principal member at the Refugee Review Tribunal from 2001-2002, and has served as director in the international division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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