Friday, January 21, 2011

Open letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs re: Australia at Yeosu Expo 2012

Just today I received via Urso Chappell's Facebook feed, news that the USA is now actively scouting for assistance for it's Pavilion at Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea.

This is good. And it reminds us that Australia is yet to make any announcement on it's representation at Yeosu.

I spoke to the Yeosu delegation at the 4th Assembly of Expo Cities and Regions at the Shanghai Expo last October, and I made a representation to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mr Kevin Rudd's office soon after on the 6 November, but I have yet to receive a reply from Mr Rudd.

Correspondingly, I followed up the latest news re: the USA's announcement with another email to my local Federal member of Parliament today, and here it is. I believe the contents are self-explanatory.


The Honourable Mr Graham Perrett MP
Federal Member for Moreton
Commonwealth Government of Australia

Sunnybank Qld 4109

21 January 2011

Dear Graham:

I write to you on this occasion with regards to correspondence I forwarded to your office on 6 November 2010 (attached) for the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mr Kevin Rudd MP.

The correspondence was with regards to Yeosu Expo 2012 Korea and Australia's representation there. 

I wish to advise I have yet to receive any reply from your office - or Mr Rudd's office - with regards to this matter and that time is marching on.

Just yesterday the USA State Department has announced it's plans for it's representation at Yeosu, as indicated by this link

Australia, apparently, has yet to make any announcement concerning Yeosu, and this is alarming. 

Korea is one of our most important trading partners in the Asia-Pacific rim, with significant economic, education, and other ties. Australia was also represented at the last Expo held in Korea - Taejon Expo 93, with great success. That Australia may not be represented at Yeosu, may signify to the Koreans - and the Korean nation - therefore, a downgrading of the Australia-Korea relationship, something we do not want to do.

Can I ask your office to impress upon the Minister the importance of our commitment to Korea and to the Korean Expo, so that we can see a successful Australian representation at Yeosu Expo 2012.

Yours sincerely

John McGregor

John R McGregor
Executive Director Foundation Expo '88

Tel +61417 434105

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