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Interview with Simon Murdoch: Commonwealth Oral History Project

Citation: Onslow, Sue and Murdoch, Simon and Craggs, Ruth Interview with Simon Murdoch: Commonwealth Oral History Project. [Transcribed text] (Unpublished)


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Interview with Simon Murdoch carried out in Wellington on Monday 7th April 2014 as part of the Commonwealth Oral History Project. The project aims to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965 through sixty oral history interviews with leading figures in the recent history of the organisation. It will provide an essential research tool for anyone investigating the history of the Commonwealth and will serve to promote interest in and understanding of the organisation. Biography: Murdoch, Simon. 1948- . Educated at the University of Canterbury. Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand, 1972. Joined Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1980, as Foreign Affairs Adviser to Robert Muldoon. Assistant Head of the Asian Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1983. New Zealand Intelligence Liason Officer to the United States, 1983-87. Head of Prime Minister’s Policy Advisory Group, 1989-91. Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1991-98. Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Management, Victoria University of Wellington, 1998. High Commissioner to Australia, 1999-2002. Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2002-09.

Creators: Onslow, Sue (0000-0003-0998-3632) and Murdoch, Simon and Craggs, Ruth and
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Subjects: Human Rights & Development Studies
Keywords: Australia, Canada, Commonwealth Secretariat, Diplomacy, European Economic Community, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, NATO, New Zealand, Nuclear, Papua New Guinea, Small States, United Kingdom
Divisions: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Collections: Commonwealth Oral History Project


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