Australia appoints new ambassador for counter-terrorism
Australia has appointed Richard Feakes as its next ambassador for counter-terrorism
He will be responsible for leading the country's international engagement on counter-terrorism, such as at international fora and will also work closely with domestic agencies. He will also sit on the Commonwealth Joint Counter-Terrorism Board and the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee.
Feakes has previously served as commonwealth deputy counter-terrorism coordinator within the Department of Home Affairs and as Australian ambassador to Afghanistan.
Announcing the appointment, Senator Penny Wong said: "Terrorism is a global challenge, and working closely with our international partners in the region and beyond is critical to safeguarding Australia, our people and our interests from the harms of terrorism and violent extremism.
"I thank the former Ambassador, Major General (Rtd) Roger Noble AO DSC CSC, for his contribution to increasing Australia's standing as a partner of choice on counter-terrorism throughout his tenure."
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