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Hockey set to be named US ambassador

Former treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Former treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Former treasurer Joe Hockey will be named Australia’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday.

Mr Hockey retired from parliament in September and a by-election was held in his seat of North Sydney at the weekend.

AAP understands the appointment will be announced via a media statement on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the ABC’s 730 program on Monday he would not comment on the appointment.

‘Joe is a great Australian and I look forward to him serving Australia in other capacities,’ Mr Turnbull said.

‘Any announcements will be made in a more formal and appropriate manner.’

The current ambassador, former Labor leader Kim Beazley, starts a new role with the Australian Institute of International Affairs in January.

 


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