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The official visit of Her Excellency Mrs Nineta Barbulescu, Romanian Ambassador, in Queensland (I)

During March 4 – 5, 2014, H.E. Mrs. Nineta Bărbulescu, the Ambassador of Romania to Commonwealth of Australia, payed an official visit to Brisbane (Queensland), together with Mr. Dan Cristian Bărbulescu, spouse. On March 4, 2014, Ambassador Bărbulescu was received by Her Excellency Ms. Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland. Excellent political and diplomatic relations between Romania and Australia were reviewed and the potential of economic, cultural and academic cooperation was revealed. Romanian Community in Queensland is perceived as an important contribution to Queensland's vibrant multicultural society. The brilliant 4 decades diplomatic experience of the distinguished Governor of Queensland facilitated an exchange of views on the UN reform prospects, the challenges of Australia as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and there were briefly examined the main sources of regional instability, with a focus on the current situation in Ukraine and the crucial importance of a quick and robust reaction from the international community to these events. On March 4, 2014, Mrs. Angela Owen-Taylor, vice-mayor of Brisbane held a meeting with Ambassador Bărbulescu, during which it was agreed to examine the possibility of twinning/ or associate Brisbane with Constanța City, a Romanian metropolis having a similar geographical location, commercial and turism interests as well as economic growth prospects. Mrs. Elfi Massey - Vallazze, president of the Australian Council for Europe, hosted a working lunch at Queensland Club, with the attendance of professors, opinion leaders and business elite of the Queensland society. On March 5, 2014, Ambassador Bărbulescu met the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of the State of Queensland and the future Queensland Governor and spoke on Romania and Romanians perception here in Australia, quite insufficient as the millennium history and cultural richness of Romania. The interlocutor mentioned the public impact of a new package of state laws, entitled VLAD (Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act) in 2013, which outlaws the associations which encourage or support people who commit crimes and eliminates the possibility of bail for offenders, package vehemently criticized publicly by some human rights organizations. On March 5, 2014, Ambassador Bărbulescu had a meeting with the Honorable Fiona Simpson MP, Speaker of Legislative Chamber of Queensland and discussed on prospects of cooperation between the Romanian Parliament and the unicameral Parliament in Brisbane. The importance of multilateral diplomacy for achieving real progress in the today’s world was evoked, with a reference to the situation in Syria, where the recent opportunity was used by policy makers, experts and diplomats for advancing the global chemical disarmament objective in this country, the total banning of chemical weapons. Ambassador Bărbulescu evoked the prominent public figure in Australia of the former Prime Minister Edward Granville Theodore, son of a Romanian immigrant of the late nineteenth century, whose legacy in political and public life in Queensland should be remembered to all Romanians living in Australia as a successful lesson of life, diligence and resilience and as a proof of the unlimited possibilities of Australia, regardless of ethnicity or religion. On March 5, the Honorable Glen Elmes MP, Minister for Multicultural and Veterans Affairs hosted a working lunch in honour of Ambassador Bărbulescu, attended by government officials, Australian businessmen interested in initiating business with Romanian companies, the Dean of the diplomatic corp in Brisbane, representatives of NGOs involved in multiculturalism and representatives of the Romanian community in Queensland. Here are attached photos with the Hon. Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice (Supreme Court in Brisbane, on the terrace), the Honorable Glen Elmes MP, Minister for Multicultural and Veterans Affairs (the official Salon of the Parliament), the vice-mayor Mrs. Angela Owen-Taylor and a group photo with the Australian Council of Europe.


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Edward Granville Theodore (1884 - 1950), born in Adelaide (South Australia) was a prominent politician of Queensland who started his political career in the context of the leftist union movement, was elected Member of Parliament during 1909 - 1925, nominated Premier for the period 1919 - 1925, treasurer, responsible for Justice (Chief Justice ), deputy leader of the Labour Party, known in Australian political history as 'Red Ted ' and linked with the abolition of the bicameral Parliament of Queensland in 1922. Later, his career ventured in gold mining, developing several businesses, including Fiji and he was actively involved in the media, the first director of Channel 9.

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