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Washington visit

April 27, 2012

Other key American policymakers I spoke to this week during my visit to Washington included Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell, President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick and Senator John McCain.

I have used these meetings to emphasise the enduring importance and strength of Australia’s relationship with the US.

With Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in Washington D.C. on April 25, 2012 (Photograph: Yuri Gripas)

With Senate Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell in Washington D.C. on April 25, 2012 (Photograph: Yuri Gripas)

With President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick in Washington D.C. on April 24, 2012 (Photograph: Yuri Gripas)

With Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and Australian Ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. on April 26, 2012

  1. April 27, 2012 6:59 pm

    Wow John McCain looking very much the shortie old gnome since his run for Prez. Bob Carr the Statesman. Kim Beazley always the classic Beazley laugh. Great to see.

  2. Kim Sutherland permalink
    April 27, 2012 9:35 pm

    Congrats on the Washington trip. What a thrill for you. You look like the cat that swallowed the cream! I’m taking my wonderful children’s choir to Washington in July. Where should we perform? How can we see the embassy?

  3. Leslie S permalink
    April 28, 2012 4:15 pm

    To the President of America, Barrack Obama
    It’s hard for me to understand why the Australian Government and our military and most of all why the Australian public is supporting the United States when we here towns and cities across America are being taken over by Emergency management personnel where all rights are being removed from councils and town planners.
    This state of affairs is not democracy in fact it’s more of a dictatorship in a country that in the past was supposedly a democratic society Australians such as myself am appalled at these turn of events and will not support the USA in fighting regimes in other countries when the United States is doing exactly the same control of its people as most regimes overseas are doing.
    If America wants support from Australia and its people than the takeover of municipalities and councils in cities across the USA must cease and these so called emergency management powers must be disbanded otherwise America is no better than most of the countries that American troops and its allies are fighting in today to uphold democracy values if not then we have to have a concerted effort in Australia to stop military support for America when clearly your people do not support a free country and as the American President I am hoping that you take my concerns to your Congress so as these differences can be resolved preferred time limit asap.

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