Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce Breakfast – Adelaide Festival Centre

(As prepared for delivery – September 7, 2016)   It is an honor and a privilege to be back in Adelaide and back at the American Chamber of Commerce! One of the highlights of my time here as Ambassador has been our Embassy’s close, collaborative relationship with AmCham. Not only does AmCham play a pivotal ...
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“The United States and Australia: Infinite Possibilities – the New Normal” – Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the National Press Club of Australia

  (As prepared for delivery –August 31, 2016) Almost four years ago, when President Obama asked me: “John, what would make you happy?”  I answered him with one word: Australia. Thus began my once-in-a-lifetime sojourn as U.S. Ambassador to this Lucky Country.  But in all fairness, I consider myself the lucky one. My three years ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the screening of ‘National Parks Adventure’ – Sydney

(As prepared for delivery –August 22, 2016) A mountain sunrise, a towering waterfall, an icy glacier, a forested glade, a kaleidoscope of corals, boundless wildlife. These sights stir the soul, nourish our imaginations, and reaffirm our humanity. They are increasingly rare outside of national parks. America’s national parks are one of our greatest gifts to ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the launch of ‘Treasures of the American Collection’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – July 28, 2016) It is an honor to join you in celebrating not just this incredible exhibition, but the close bond between two extraordinary Pacific nations. Before us is a reminder of the history, beauty, and promise that unites the United States and Australia. Ours is a story that unfolds ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce Innovation Tour of Blue Chili, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery, June 9, 2016) Next month, on July 4th, the United States of America will turn 240 years old. The key to longevity – whether as people, institutions, businesses, or nations – is innovation. It is our response to the new, different, and novel that governs our survival. “When you are finished ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the 10th Ann. of the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and American Australian Association (AAA), Sydney

(As prepared for delivery, June 9, 2016) In World War Two, my father fought for freedom alongside brave Australians; at Guadalcanal and the New Guinea campaign. He and his mates had each other’s backs. They knew that it is when you are under attack that true friends show their mettle. They knew our alliance is ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the Fulbright ACT State Reception – Australian National University, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery, May 31, 2016) Over seven decades, the Fulbright program has left an indelible mark on Australia and the United States. From generation to generation, Fulbright, by investing in students and scholars, reinvigorates our societies – helping us to do better and be better. Fulbright is so successful because it harnesses exceptional ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemorative Lunch – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – May 7, 2016) Veterans and Members of the Australian and the American Militaries; Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; On May 8, 1942, the Allied strategic victory in the Battle of the Coral Sea changed the course of history. Without Coral Sea, there could have been no Midway, no Guadalcanal, and ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Australian American Leadership Dialogue Young Leadership Dialogue Reception Ambassador’s Residence, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – May 10, 2016) It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you to my home. Why are you here? You are here because Albert Einstein was 26 when he published his Special Theory of Relativity. Because 26 was also the average age in the mission control room in Houston ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration Service – Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – May 6, 2016) Veterans and Members of the Australian and the American Militaries; Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; On May 8, 1942, the Allied strategic victory in the Battle of the Coral Sea changed the course of history. Without Coral Sea, there could have been no Midway, no Guadalcanal, and ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks to the American Chamber of Commerce Board Luncheon, Ernst & Young Offices, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery, April 29, 2016) It is an honor and a privilege to be back at the American Chamber of Commerce! One of the highlights of my time here as Ambassador has been our Embassy’s close, collaborative relationship with AmCham. Not only does AmCham play a pivotal role in the U.S.-Australia relationship, its ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks commemorating the Signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement – The Australian National University, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery, April 21, 2016) The Paris Agreement is a testament to our tenacity in the face of complicated, interconnected global challenges. When countries work toward a common purpose, almost anything is possible. In the 1970s, the widespread use of chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs had rapidly depleted the ozone layer. In response, the countries ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the LNG18 Thought Leadership Luncheon – Perth Convention and Exhibition Center

(As prepared for delivery, April 13, 2016) As you all know, in the latter half of the twentieth century, the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a Space Race. Each wanted to be the first to the moon. To this end, the United States put $100 billion in today’s dollars into the ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at Science in the Pub – March, 2016

(As prepared for delivery, March 7, 2016) As part of our countdown sequence for this evening, I invite everyone here to imagine traveling in outer space.  Imagine the distance, the speed, the immense horizon. Imagine the silence.  It is the stuff of fantasy turned reality. However, to travel the universe and to learn from it, ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the September 11th Memorial and Museum Reception

March 2016 – Remarks as Prepared Distinguished guests; Ladies and Gentlemen; Welcome and thank you for joining us on this important occasion. I invite you to reflect on some seminal dates in American history. September 17, 1862, the Battle Antietam; in the midst of the U.S. Civil War, it was the bloodiest single-day battle on ...
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