Foreign minister to speak on Australia and the world in the time of COVID-19

Australian Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, will deliver a major speech at The Australian National University’s National Security College tonight.

The Minister’s speech will focus on the COVID-19 period and beyond. During the address she will outline Australia’s agenda, including the central focus of our national interests.

The Foreign Minister will also discuss the importance of global institutions delivering on their mandates.

Head of the ANU National Security College, Professor Rory Medcalf, said the speech would be a “must listen”.

“The COVID-19 crisis has combined with strategic tensions to expose the risks and vulnerabilities that accompany global connectedness,” Professor Medcalf said.

“Australia has coped well with the pandemic, and as a respected international player has a pivotal role in helping its region and the world. There is a critical need for coordination among nations and international institutions.

“We are honoured to host the Foreign Minister for this important address on how Australia can navigate the challenging time ahead.”

The address will be livestreamed from 6-7pm, Tuesday 16 June.

Media can view the Foreign Minister’s address live via the National Security College Twitter account or the ANU TV YouTube Channel or request a recording from ANU media.

To register your interest or to obtain a recording contact ANU Media on media@anu.edu.au or +61 6125 7979.

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