THE AUSTRALIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR TRADE
DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT: AMBASSADOR TO MYANMAR
I have today announced the appointment of Ms Lyndall McLean, AM as Australian
Ambassador to Myanmar.
Ms McLean will replace Mr Stuart Hamilton Hume, who has been Ambassador
since August 1993.
Australia's relations with Burma are dominated by concerns about the human
rights and political situation. The Australian Government's main objectives
are to promote a peaceful transition to democracy in the light of the Burmese
Government's failure to accept the results of the 1990 elections, and to
encourage a greater respect for human rights.
Ms McLean started work in the Department of Defence in 1975 and transferred
to the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1980. She is a senior career officer
of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. After appointments in Australian
missions in Seoul and Hanoi, she served while on Leave Without Pay as Representative
in the Joint Australian NGO Office, Phnom Penh (1988-91), then as Embassy
Counsellor there (1991-92) and was seconded to the United Nations Transitional
Authority (UNTAC) in Cambodia 1992-93. Since 1995 she has been Assistant
Secretary, Corporate Management Division in the Department in Canberra and
was awarded the AM in 1994.
Ms McLean is a graduate of the University of Canberra and of Seoul National