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Media Releases 2017-07-25T15:51:20+00:00

Julie Bishop Officially Opens Local Innovation Hub

 2 November 2017 JULIE BISHOP OFFICIALLY OPENS LOCAL INNOVATION HUB Member for Curtin Julie Bishop MP opened the Centre for Entrepreneurial Enterprise and Innovation (CERI) in Nedlands on Thursday and congratulated them on being awarded a MTPConnect Project Fund program grant. Under this program, CERI as lead consortium member has been awarded $1 million to develop its Accelerating Australia Stage 2 project, an initiative focused on biomedical research and services. “CERI is a world-class research and innovation hub right here in the Curtin electorate,” Minister Bishop said. “The Accelerating Australia Stage 2 project will enhance the innovation, productivity and competitiveness [...]

November 2nd, 2017|

Investing in Indigenous Students in Western Australia

ACTING PRIME MINISTER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS The Hon Julie Bishop MP MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion 1 November 2017 Investing in indigenous students in western Australia $2.1 million for the Presbyterian Ladies’ College to create 96 scholarship places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students Part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy Families across Western Australia will benefit from the creation of 96 scholarship places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Presbyterian Ladies’ College will receive a $2.1 million funding boost to enable Indigenous students from across the state to gain [...]

November 1st, 2017|

Perth Modern Insights Into Politics

The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Foreign Affairs Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party Federal Member for Curtin   26 October 2017   PERTH MODERN INSIGHTS INTO POLITICS   Member for Curtin Julie Bishop MP joined a group of 40 Perth Modern School students and their four teachers at Australian Parliament House this Monday. The Year 9 students, who were in Canberra as part of their Social Science studies, were at Parliament House for a guided tour when Minister Bishop dropped by. Minister Bishop welcomed the group to Canberra and presented them with certificates to commemorate their visit. Minister [...]

October 26th, 2017|

2017 Budget Delivers For Curtin Businesses and Families

The Turnbull Government is making the right choices to ensure our nation’s economic growth continues, so we can secure better days ahead for hardworking Curtin residents. “Our economic growth has been hard won and we have consistently outperformed the largest advanced economies in the world but we shouldn’t take our success for granted. We are helping hardworking Western Australians with a plan for more and better jobs, by securing the essential services they rely on and by easing cost of living pressures,” said Federal Member for Curtin and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. “The 2017 Budget delivers for the 21,256 small [...]

May 10th, 2017|

Turkey ANZAC Day commemorations

Turkey ANZAC Day commemorations Media release 24 April 2017 I will represent the Australian Government at ANZAC Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on 24-25 April. I will also represent the Australian Government at the Turkish International and Memorial Services, the French Memorial Service and the Commonwealth and Irish Services. The Gallipoli campaign commenced on 25 April 1915, with the ANZAC landing near Gaba Tepe (later named Anzac Cove). By the end of the campaign, the ANZACs and the British, French and Indian troops who also fought on the Gallipoli peninsula, suffered 141,000 casualties. Approximately 8,700 Australians lost [...]

April 24th, 2017|

Curtin Students Sarah Tang and Akio Ho Named History Winners

30 November 2016   CURTIN STUDENTS SARAH TANG AND AKIO HO NAMED HISTORY WINNERS Sarah Tang from Perth Modern School and Akio Ho from Christ Church Grammar School in Curtin have each been awarded one of the nation’s top history honours. Member for Curtin Julie Bishop congratulated Sarah who was awarded National Young Historian in the ‘Democracy’ category and Akio Ho who was awarded WA Young Historian of the Year. Sarah and Akio were announced as Winners of the National History Challenge at a presentation ceremony in Canberra this week. Sarah and Akio’s projects demonstrated excellent research and analytical skills, [...]

December 9th, 2016|

Opinion – Western Australia share of GST, Hon Christian Porter MP

Hon Christian Porter MP Minister for Social Services Member for Pearce There is more than a little bit of irony in Nick Xenophon or Brendon Grylls arguing that Julie Bishop, Mathias Cormann and I have not done enough to get back more GST for WA. South Australia is a beneficiary of WA’s lost GST. The argument that WA should get more GST is one WA Federal Liberals put forcefully and frequently, including to Nick Xenophon. To think Nick would offer anything resembling support for that case is about as likely as a turkey voting for early Christmas. Grylls’ assertion is [...]

November 9th, 2016|

Joint Op-Ed with the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr Bert Koenders

On 25 October 1616, Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog, commanding the Eendracht, made landfall on an island just off the Western Australian coast. He then famously nailed a pewter plate to a post before sailing north, charting the coast as he went. In so doing, Dirk Hartog became the second Dutchman to walk on Australian shores, after the arrival of Willem Janszoon in 1606. Together they were the first recorded Europeans to come upon a new land. These early journeys marked the beginning of engagement between the world’s oldest living culture, Aboriginal Australians, and the new seafaring merchants of Europe. Within [...]

November 2nd, 2016|

Conciliation between Australia and Timor-Leste

Joint media release Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC 29 August 2016 Australia is participating in the first meeting of the Conciliation Commission proceedings brought by Timor-Leste under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in The Hague. We will deliver a statement explaining the background of the dispute between Australia and Timor-Leste, as well as our position on matters relating to the legal competence (jurisdiction) of the Commission. In line with our pre-existing, legally binding treaties, which are in full [...]

August 29th, 2016|

Australia-ASEAN Council Grants

Media release 29 August 2016 Today I announce the recipients of 13 grants funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC). The AAC generates opportunities for Australian business to work with partners in South-East Asia to deliver projects in the fields of education, trade and business, science and innovation and the arts. These innovative projects will make an important contribution to building strong links between Australia and the countries and peoples of South-East Asia. The successful projects include: Building links between women leaders working in the transport sector in ASEAN (University of Queensland); Forensic training for first responders (police and emergency services) [...]

August 29th, 2016|

Kerry Jane Wilson

Media release 29 August 2016 I confirm that Kerry Jane Wilson, who was abducted in Afghanistan in April this year, has been released, and she is now safe and well. I am relieved for Kerry Jane, and her family with whom I have remained in close contact. I deeply appreciate the work of the authorities in Afghanistan whose support and assistance facilitated her release, as well as Australian consular staff who continue to provide assistance to Ms Wilson and her family. To protect those who remain captive or face the risk of kidnapping in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the Government will [...]

August 29th, 2016|

Council for Australian-Arab Relations 2016-17 Grants

Media release 29 August 2016 Today I announce the recipients of 12 new grants funded by the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR). The CAAR seeks to broaden and strengthen relations between Australia and the Arab world. This round of grants totals over $300,000 and supports the Government's public and economic diplomacy goals. The successful projects include: Arab Film Festival Australia will host its annual Festival in 2017, expanding to Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; An exhibition partnership between the Royal Heritage Directorate of Jordan and the Australian War Memorial, which will highlight Australia's involvement in the Great Arab Revolt (1916-18) [...]

August 29th, 2016|

Ambassador to Germany

Media release 26 August 2016 Today I announce the appointment of Ms Lynette Wood as Australia's next Ambassador to Germany, with non-resident accreditation to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Germany and Australia have a close and productive relationship, sharing common strategic and security objectives. We will further strengthen our engagement on shared foreign, defence and security priorities through the inaugural 2+2 strategic dialogue between Foreign and Defence Ministers of both countries, taking place in September this year. Germany is Australia’s eleventh largest trading partner and fifth largest destination for foreign investment. We also look forward to engaging with Germany throughout their G20 [...]

August 26th, 2016|

Ambassador to Sweden

Media release 24 August 2016 Today I announce the appointment of Mr Jonathan Kenna as Australia's next Ambassador to Sweden. Mr Kenna will also have non-resident accreditation to Estonia, Finland and Latvia. Australia enjoys friendly and constructive relationships with Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. We cooperate closely on a range of global issues including international security, disarmament and arms control, human rights and support for the multilateral trading system. Sweden and Australia share important bilateral and economic links, particularly in trade and education. Our two-way investment was valued at $7 billion in 2014-15. An estimated 34,000 Swedish tourists visit and [...]

August 24th, 2016|

Consul-General in Mumbai

Media release 19 August 2016 Today I announce the appointment of Mr Tony Huber as Australia's next Consul-General in Mumbai. India is one of Australia’s most significant partners in the Indo-Pacific region. It is our 10th largest trading partner and our fifth-largest export market, with two-way investment worth over $20 billion. The Consulate-General in Mumbai plays a key role in furthering Australia's trade, commercial and investment interests in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, and in India more broadly. Mumbai is the economic, financial and commercial capital of India.  The city is a major hub for Australian companies and [...]

August 19th, 2016|

Promoting innovation through the Business Partnerships Platform

Joint media release The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific 18 August 2016 Today we announce ten new partnerships between business and government to address some of the most complex aid challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. These partnerships will address issues including child malnutrition, women’s health care, mobile banking, and off-grid energy solutions for unconnected communities. The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) is a flagship initiative in the Australian Government’s agenda to partner with the private sector to help deliver Australia’s aid program.  As the largest source [...]

August 18th, 2016|

Cancellation of the 50th anniversary service at Long Tan

Joint media release: Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon Dan Tehan MP 17 August 2016 The Vietnamese Government has advised the Australian Government that it will not permit the ceremony to commemorate Vietnam Veteran’s Day at the Long Tan cross site at 15:30 on 18 August to proceed. The Government is deeply disappointed at this decision, and the manner in which it was taken, so close to the commemoration service taking place. Australia’s Ambassador has registered our deep concerns with the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Government is seeking urgent [...]

August 17th, 2016|

Pacific Island Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 2016

11 August 2016 I will represent Australia at the first annual Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Suva, Fiji, on 12 August. This follows a meeting of Pacific foreign ministers I hosted in Sydney in July 2015. Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island countries have a close and important relationship.  We work together to enhance economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and security in our region. Increased vulnerability to natural disasters is an issue for all the countries of the Pacific, including Australia. We are helping our Pacific neighbours strengthen their ability to prepare for, and respond to, natural [...]

August 11th, 2016|

Response to Ongoing North Korean Provocations

RELEASED BY SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC, ACTING MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS 8 August 2016 Australia strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of medium-range ballistic missiles on 3 August, in clear breach of relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions and an ongoing threat to peace and stability in the region and beyond. Australia calls on North Korea to cease its provocative behaviour, abandon its nuclear and missile program and engage constructively with the international community. There is a pressing need to improve the welfare of North Korea’s impoverished people, rather than diverting resources to building nuclear weapons and missiles. Earlier [...]

August 8th, 2016|

High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam

3 August 2016 Today I announce the appointment of Ms Nicola Rosenblum as Australia's next High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam. Brunei Darussalam is an important partner for Australia. We cooperate through regional and international fora including the Commonwealth, APEC, the ASEAN Regional Forum and the East Asia Summit. Australia and Brunei Darussalam have strong trade and defence ties, as well as close education and people-to-people links. Two-way trade in goods and services between Australia and Brunei Darussalam exceeded $900 million in 2014-15.Australia has a long-standing defence relationship with Brunei Darussalam which includes regular bilateral military exercises. Australia is the second [...]

August 3rd, 2016|