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A Diplomatic Appointment

Embattled Australian Immigration Secretary Bill Farmer Resigns to Accept Jakarta Ambassadorial Posting.

(7/16/2005) Resigning his top post just days before release for what was widely expected to be a scathing Government review of mismanagement within the Australian Department of Immigration, career civil servant Bill Farmer will soon be packing his bags to accept an appointment as Canberra's next ambassador to Jakarta.

The head of Australian immigration department since 2001, Mr. Farmer's department has borne the brunt of negative publicity following the widely publicized illegal detention and deportation of several Australian citizens which prompted the current official government review of policies and procedures within the immigration department.

Extensive Diplomatic Experience

Mr. Farmer's appointment to Jakarta will be the latest chapter in a 35-year-long career as an Australian civil servant, mostly spent in diplomatic postings in such places as Egypt, the U.K., Fiji, U.S.A., Mexico and Malaysia.

Mr. Farmer became an officer of the Order of Australia in June of 2005.

He will replace outgoing Ambassador David Ritchie who assumed the Jakarta Ambassador's Post in November 2002.