In conversation with Joe Hockey

Join Australia's Ambassador to the United States, The Hon Joe Hockey and Sky News Political Editor David Speers in this Australia-US relations discussion alongside Dr Amy King and Dr Shiro Armstrong as they discuss the importance of the bilateral relationship and the first year of the Trump Administration.

The Honourable Joe Hockey is Australia's Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington in January 2016. Mr Hockey has had a long and distinguished career in public service. He first entered Parliament in 1996 as the Member for North Sydney and spent more than seventeen years on the front bench. He served as a Minister in a number of different portfolios including Financial Services, Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations.

In 2013 Mr Hockey was appointed Treasurer of the Commonwealth and was responsible for all economic policy including fiscal policy. He served as Chair of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in 2014 and a member of the leadership troika in 2015. As Treasurer he was a regular delegate to IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and APEC meetings. Previously Mr Hockey served as a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm. He graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law.

Dr Amy King is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and a Westpac Research Fellow in the ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Her research focuses on Chinese foreign and security policy, China-Japan relations, and the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Shiro Armstrong is the Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Director of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and Editor of the East Asia Forum at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. His research focuses on Asian economic integration, trade policy and the East Asian economies. 

David Speers has been Political Editor of Sky News Australia since 2000, anchoring the network's political and national affairs coverage. He's also covered many major international events during that time including the last four US Presidential elections from Washington. David anchors the daily program SPEERS on Sky News, where he interviews the major players behind each day's big events.