The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney hosted an address by Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty entering into force, Minister Payne spoke on Australian foreign policy in an uncertain world.

Marise Payne was appointed Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs in August 2018 and Minister for Women in May 2019. A senator for NSW since 1997, she has more than two decades’ parliamentary experience including 12 years’ membership of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. She is a former Minister for Human Services, and has held several shadow ministries.

The Senator was appointed Minister for Defence in September 2015. During this time, she delivered the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Plan, and Defence Industry Policy Statement. She oversaw a major renewal of the Australian Defence Force’s capabilities and led the organisation’s increased international engagement program with allies and partners.