Diplomatic Circles

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 01/19/2005 12:00 am EST

Two of Ottawa's high commissions are experiencing changes this month. On Jan. 21, staff at the Australian mission bid farewell to High Commissioner Tony Hely who returns home after three and a half years in Ottawa. Mr. Hely studied economics at Sydney University and at the Australian National University. He joined the Australian government in the mid-1970s, working in various positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr. Hely embarked on his first overseas posting in 1977 to Australia's embassy in Geneva, Switzerland. He served as First Secretary for three years. Japan was the site of Mr. Hely's next assignment where he was Counsellor for commercial affairs from 1984-1987. He returned to headquarters for a standard three-year term before being assigned to Jakarta, Indonesia were he served as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian embassy. Back home in 1993, he worked as First Assistant Secretary of the Economic and Trade Development division. In 1998, Mr. Hely became Australia's ambassador to Korea until 2001 when he arrived to Canada to head the Australian High Commission, with simultaneous accreditation to Bermuda.

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