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Chief Free Trade Agreement negotiator to visit Southern Cross University


Zoe Satherley
3 October 2006
Southern Cross University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences invites members of the public to a discussion tomorrow (Wed, Oct 4) at the Lismore campus with Mr Stephen Deady, Chief Negotiator of the Australia/United States Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Deady will be talking about the art of political negotiation, using examples from the FTA copyright and media negotiations. However he is happy to address questions from the audience on other aspects of the FTA.

The lecture will be held in G 3.02 at midday.

Stephen Deady has recently taken up the position of NSW State Office Director, having been First Assistant Secretary, Trade Development Division since 2004.

Prior to this, Mr Deady was the Special Negotiator in the Office of Trade Negotiations in the Department. In this role Mr Deady was chief negotiator on both the Australia/United States Free Trade Agreement and the Singapore/Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Mr Deady has worked in a range of trade and economic policy positions since joining the then Department of Overseas Trade in 1976.

Between 1990 and 1994 he was involved in the Uruguay Round agriculture negotiations and between 1995 and 1997 headed the Trade Branch of the Australian Embassy in Washington.

Mr Deady was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2006 Honours List for his outstanding work in developing and promoting Australia's trade policy, and particularly as Chief Negotiator for Australia on the Australia/United States Free Trade Agreement.