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New US ambassador to Australia Arthur B. Culvahouse has arrived at the US embassy in Canberra to begin his term. An establishment Republican figure, Culvahouse is best known for his vetting of GOP vice presidential candidates, including Mike Pence, and for his role as White House counsel to Ronald Reagan in the last two years of his presidency.

"In the time of Donald Trump's presidency, this link to the president is even more significant," said non-resident senior fellow Stephen Loosley. 

CEO Simon Jackman and senior fellow Charles Edel spoke to The Australian newspaper today about the task ahead of Culvahouse and what Australians can expect from Washington's new man in Canberra.