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The Leaderboard: Gary Gray

Who is he? Gary Gray was previously Australia’s special minister of state. He was elected to represent Brand in Western Australia in the House of Representatives during 2007 when current Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley vacated the seat.…

The Leaderboard: Bob Carr

Who is he? Prime Minister Julia Gillard selected Robert “Bob” Carr to fill a vacancy in the Australian Senate in March 2012 and appointed him foreign minister. Earlier in his career, Carr was the premier of New South Wales from…

The Leaderboard: Nicola Roxon

Who is she? Nicola Roxon was the attorney-general of Australia from December 2011 to February 2, 2013, when she announced her resignation. Roxon will complete her term as a member of the Australian House of Representatives, but will not seek…

The Leaderboard: Margot McCarthy

Who is she? Dr. Margot McCarthy is currently Australia’s national security advisor (NSA), a position created in 2008 under previous prime minister Kevin Rudd. In this role, she leads the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s National Security and…

Friday Five: February 1, 2013

North Korea announced that following its successful satellite rocket launch in December 2012, it plans to conduct a nuclear test in the near future. CSIS’s Korea Chair Victor Cha has written about this at length, anticipating a provocation in the…

The Leaderboard: Peter Slipper

Who is he? The Honourable Peter Slipper is an independent member of Australia’s House of Representatives for Fisher, Queensland. He was formerly a member of the Liberal party and Speaker of the House. Before entering politics, Slipper graduated from the…