Visit to the United Kingdom and the United States

2 April 2014

I will travel to the United Kingdom and the United States of America from 2-9 April to meet senior ministers and heads of national security agencies.

Discussions will focus on national security, including counter terrorism and cyber security; serious and organised crime; and other legal issues of current interest to our respective governments, including intellectual property.

While in London, I will meet, among others, the Secretary of State for the Home Department; the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; the Attorney-General; the Director General of the British Security Service (MI5); the Chief of the Security Service (MI6) and the Director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

In Washington DC, I will meet senior Administration officials including: the Attorney-General; the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; the Director of National Intelligence; the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). I will also meet with the leaders of Senate and House Intelligence Committees, the Chief Justice of the United States and the Executive Director of the US Center for Copyright Information.

While in Washington DC, I will address the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the topic of Securing our Freedoms.

This will be my first overseas visit since my appointment as Attorney-General and signifies the strong and close relationship that Australia has with both the United Kingdom and the United States.