Hockey appointed ambassador to US

Joe Hockey has been formally appointed Australia’s next ambassador to the United States.

Hockey replaces ex-Labor leader Kim Beazley in what is one of the most sought after diplomatic jobs.

He is expected to take up the Washington post early next year.


Mr Hockey, 50, announced his retirement from politics after he was sensationally dumped as treasurer when Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister in September.

The announcement also comes just days after Mr Hockey’s old staffer Trent Zimmerman won a by-election for his former seat of North Sydney.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop thanked outgoing ambassador Kim Beazley for his significant contribution to advancing Australia’s interests in the US since 2010.

“Our alliance with the United States is the bedrock of foreign and defence policy,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.

The two nations worked closely together on shared regional and global security, strategic and economic interests.