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Australia-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program

The Fourteenth Delegation to Japan
February 26–March 5, 2005

The Fourteenth Australian Delegation to Japan, led by MP Kate Ellis, visited Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto from February 26 to March 5, 2005. In Tokyo, the delegation had meetings with Diet members and government officials, including Yoriko Kawaguchi (former Minister for Foreign Affairs; Special Advisor to the Prime Minister), and Ichiro Aisawa (Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs). They also met leaders from business and other sectors to discuss various issues associated with Japanese politics, economy, and foreign policy, and participated in a panel discussion with Diet members on the current state and the future prospects of Australia-Japan relations. In Nagoya, the delegates exchanged views with the Nagoya City assembly members, received a briefing on environmental issues from the city officials, and visited a local junior high school.

Participants List

The Liberal Party of Australia:

Steven Ciobo MPMember of the Federal Parliament
Federal Member for Moncrieff
Robert ClancyDirector of Communications & Media
Office of the Leader of the Opposition
Victorian Parliament

The Nationals:

Luke Hartsuyker MPMember of the Federal Parliament
Federal Member for Cowper

The Australian Labor Party:

Kate Ellis MP(Delegation Leader) Member of the Federal Parliament
Member for Adelaide
Andrew McNamara MPMember of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
State Member for Hervey Bay

The Australian Political Exchange Council:

Kim BakerCouncil Representative