Menna Rawlings

Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

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26th March 2017 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

London, my London

I have two, what I jokingly call, spiritual homes in the UK. One is Wales, land of my fathers (actually my mother) and home now to all of my immediate family. The other is London. I was born in Hillingdon to the north-west of the capital, and raised in Ruislip, near the end of the […]

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15th March 2017 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

Hello, Adele, from the other side.

I watched you perform at the ANZ stadium in Sydney on Saturday night, with my 16 year old daughter and 94,998 other people. This was just one night in your multi-city Australia tour – your first time in this beautiful country, you said. Altogether, I reckon around 600,000 people will have seen you perform in Australia – […]

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29th December 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

Farewell 2016, The Year That Was

2016 was lots of things. Forgettable wasn’t one of them. It will give students of politics plenty of stuff to write about decades from now. And it will live on in our own memories for years to come. So how to describe the year that was… what? And what does that mean for us in […]

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16th September 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

The high and lows of fast-forward diplomacy

One of the great joys of being High Commissioner to Australia is the sheer variety of what I do. I’ve learned to expect the unexpected, to travel widely and frequently, and to deal with a diverse range of issues. It’s why I love the job. The last three weeks have been a slightly extreme example […]

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1st August 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

Race and a Fair Go

Last week, we hosted David Lammy MP on a visit to Australia. He came here as part of his review into possible racial bias against BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) people in the British criminal justice system. This work was commissioned by former PM David Cameron, and has the full endorsement of our new PM […]

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25th July 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

One month later

If a week is a long time in politics, the last four weeks in the UK have felt like decades. In Australia, you’ve had your election and there is (finally) a winner: congratulations to Malcolm Turnbull. In the UK, our political system has convulsed on the back of the decision by the British people to […]

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17th June 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

Jo Cox

It is 26 years since a British MP was murdered. Back in 1990, the victim was Ian Gow, a Conservative politician, murdered by the IRA. In those days, we had come to half-expect such terrible events to punctuate the rhythm of life in the UK. But it was from an enemy we knew and recognised […]

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19th April 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

April in Australia: Autumn and anniversaries

It’s Autumn in Canberra. The view from my window looking out towards the Brindabellas is one of grey skies and multi-coloured trees. The cockatoos are out in force, squawking around the place. For the first time, this all feels familiar. That’s because it’s been a year since we arrived in Australia, landing in Canberra to […]

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4th February 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

Did you know expats will be able to vote in the EU referendum?

In my travels around Australia I am often asked about the EU referendum. And many of those asking are Britons or people with deep ties to the UK. The interest is understandable. The last referendum on this issue was 40 years ago. Ultimately it will be the British people who decide whether we’re stronger and […]

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12th January 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

RIP David Bowie

While I was being born in September 1967, David Bowie (real name David Jones) was 20 years old, and trying to make it big in music. Thrilled to receive a letter from an American fan who had actually heard his music, he penned this response. I love this letter – it speaks to the humility, […]

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About Menna Rawlings

Her Excellency Menna Rawlings CMG is the British High Commissioner to Australia. Menna joined the FCO in 1989 and has served in a wide range of Diplomatic Service roles. She…

Her Excellency Menna Rawlings CMG is the British High Commissioner to Australia. Menna joined the FCO in 1989 and has served in a wide range of Diplomatic Service roles. She was most recently a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Management Board as HR Director. This followed postings to Washington DC, Ghana, Israel, Kenya and Brussels. In London, she has served as Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary as well as in Press Office and the Africa and EU Directorates.

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