David Ritchie began his diplomatic career with a posting at the Australian embassy in Bonn (West Germany), where he served from 1975-1978, and from 1981-1983 he was posted to the Australian Embassy in East Berlin (East Germany).
David Ritchie held various positions in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and was a senior foreign affairs adviser to Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and from 2001 was promoted to Deputy Secretary at DFAT.
In 2002, Ritchie was appointed as chargé d'affaires at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. David Ritchie was appointed as the Ambassador of Australia to Indonesia by the Australian government to oversee the relationship between the two countries, which is seen as one of the most complex. He served in this position until 2005, including at the time of the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta, and the 2005 Bali bombings. On 10 May 2010, Ritchie was appointed as Ambassador of Australia to Italy, with concurrent accreditation to San Marino. He took up the post in mid-July that year and remained in the position until November 2013.
On 24 October 2013, Ritchie was appointed as Ambassador of Australia to Germany, with concurrent accreditation to Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
David gave a very interesting and informative presentation in a combined meeting of Rotary Club and Commonwealth Club members. He described the complex economic and political environment of the European Union and the leading role that Germany has to play in uniting the EU. Fronting the EU are the economic challenges that member states such as Greece, Italy, and France have to address.
The World’s challenging political environment in the USA and Russia. The upcoming elections in France and Germany, and the influence that Germany has with Russia.
The rise of populist movements and the challenges that immigration and radicalisation have for Western Democracies. A very challenging future for the European Union, the rest of World and a very scary Christmas.
St John’s Care - Presentation of Annual Club Christmas cheque to Stuart Davis- Meehan, Director of St John’s Care. President George was very pleased to be able to provide a cheque to Stuart for the excellent work and commitment provided by St John’s Care to the community.
St John’s Care aims to bridge the gap and break the cycle of disadvantage, through the provision of emergency relief and other programs. Stuart and our Club’s PP Richard Griffiths, have a very long association in providing safe shelter for those in need.
Commonwealth Club Gratuity - A cheque was presented to Emil Kovacik, General Manager of The Commonwealth Club for the staff who have provided excellent hospitality, service throughout the year to the membership.
Next Club Meeting
Monday 9th January 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Nara Park Flynn Drive, Commonwealth Park. This informal meeting is a "bring your everything" BBQ, including chairs, food, drink, sun hats and good cheer to share.
Quote of the week
My wish for the New Year instead of a quote:
As this year is ending, I wish all the negativity and,
Difficulties also end with this year, and 2017
Brings success and desired results for you all!
Season's greetings, and I wish you all the very best in 2017