Australia and Uruguay
"Although Uruguay and Australia are separated by a vast ocean and seemingly sit in different political hemispheres, our two countries share much in common."
Address to the House of Representatives, Statements by Members - International Relations: Australia and Uruguay
Wednesday 29 November 2023
I also rise to recognise the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Uruguay. In 1948 the governments of Australia and Uruguay exchanged diplomatic notes, formally establishing a link between the countries. But this year also marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of consular relations between our countries after the Uruguayan government sought and secured the right to open a consulate in Sydney in 1923. Although Uruguay and Australia are separated by a vast ocean and seemingly sit in different political hemispheres, our two countries share much in common. We are similarly ranked in terms of democracy and transparency in government and have shared commitments to advancing global free trade. I want to particularly acknowledge the Uruguayan government's compassion when, at the height of international border closures, they worked to ensure 97 Australians stuck on the Australian owned vessel the Greg Mortimer were able to dock, disembark and be transferred back home when so many ports were closed.
I would like to extend my congratulations on the anniversary to the Ambassador of Uruguay to Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Dianela Pi, and commend her for her tireless work on this important relationship. As a member of the parliamentary friendship group, I'm proud of the ongoing growth and development of this relationship and look forward to continuing to play a positive role in its growth.