Australian Consulate-General
Shenyang, China
Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang Provinces

Farewell Address by Outgoing Consul-General Broughton Robertson

I was privileged in March 2019 to establish Australia’s new Consulate in Northeast China.

From the mid-1980s into the early 1990s I studied China, both inside and outside the country, then had a career focus on China from the mid-1990s.  I observed China’s economic growth; and developing close relations with Australia. 

I also experienced more recent difficulties in our bilateral relations.  But I remain confident about opportunities for cooperation between Australia and Northeast China’s three provinces. 

I have learned about the complementarity of Australia and Northeast China, including in agriculture, resources, heavy industry, IT, medical services and investment. There are also many opportunities in education and research cooperation. 

Establishing a new Consulate takes time, especially during a pandemic. 

There is a lot still to be done to identify and promote opportunities for cooperation between Australia and Northeast China.  But I will leave that in the capable hands of my Consulate colleagues, including our team of very capable local staff. 

I am about to finish my posting and depart for Australia to start a new chapter in my life. After leaving Shenyang, I look forward to continuing my interest in China, including the three Northeast provinces, in a different capacity.