US Consul speaks to students

US Consul Cynthia Griffin talks to Shenton College Year 11s Robin Markwitz, Abi Cargill and Andi Sutherland. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d421576
US Consul Cynthia Griffin talks to Shenton College Year 11s Robin Markwitz, Abi Cargill and Andi Sutherland. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d421576

Ms Griffin spoke to Shenton College students last Tuesday and made the comment in response to a student’s question about the relationship between the three countries.

Ms Griffin said co-operation between the countries was important, as China would be a world superpower in the next few years.

The US Consul assumed her position in Perth on July 29 last year and said she enjoyed doing business in Australia because it was so straightforward.

‘It’s a really strong, very good relationship (between Australia and the US). One we are always trying to strengthen,’ Ms Griffin said.

She said her role was to look out for American citizens in WA, which could involve deaths, accidents and arrests or visas and exchanges.

‘Lots of Australian kids are going to the US on sports scholarships,’ she said.

Ms Griffin said former Hollywood Senior High School student Kim Beazley was a great ambassador to the US.

‘He’s so good at his job that it will be extended for another year,’ she said.

Ms Griffin’s two teenage daughters also attended the talk and were given Shenton College scarves as gifts from the school.

Principal Mike Morgan said if Ms Griffin ever wanted a change of career, there would be a place for her as a teacher at Shenton College.