I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the newly appointed Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands, His Excellency Dr Brett Mason.
Former Queensland Senator, Dr Brett Mason, presented his credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on 2 September 2015. As well as Ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr Mason is now Australia’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He is also Australia’s diplomatic representative to the Permanent Court of Arbitration and other international legal bodies located in The Hague, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.
Ambassador Mason very kindly invited me to meet with him over lunch at the Residence of the Australian Ambassador in The Hague. I was treated to a tour of the Residence which was acquired by the Australian Government in the early part of the 20th Century and used by German forces during their occupation of The Netherlands in WWII.
Australia and The Netherlands enjoy a strong relationship, with the Netherlands being Australia’s fourth largest source of foreign direct investment and third largest export market in Europe. I have no doubt that Ambassador Mason’s significant parliamentary experience will assist him to encourage and foster this strong relationship into the future.