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Media Releases2017-07-25T15:51:20+00:00

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|

Consul-General in Phuket

3 August 2016  Today I announce the appointment of Mr Craig Ferguson as Australia's first Consul-General in Phuket, Thailand, with jurisdiction throughout the provinces of Phuket, Krabi and Phang-Nga. Australia’s Consulate-General in Phuket was opened in June 2016 as part of the largest expansion of our diplomatic network in 40 years. 900,000 Australians visit Thailand each year, with approximately a third of those travelling to Phuket. The Government is committed to improving access to consular and passport services in areas popular with Australian travellers. Australia and Thailand have a strong relationship based on shared strategic and economic interests. We work [...]

August 3rd, 2016|

Ambassador to ASEAN

2 August 2016 Today I announce the appointment of Ms Jane Duke as Australia's next Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), based in Jakarta. Australia's Strategic Partnership with ASEAN is founded on longstanding political, economic and people-to-people ties. The ASEAN economies – collectively our second-largest trading partner – offer exciting opportunities for Australian business and investors with a fast-growing middle class and population of 620 million. Throughout its near 50-year history, ASEAN has fostered cooperation among its members and throughout the region, establishing itself as a cornerstone of peace and prosperity in our neighbourhood. Australia has [...]

August 2nd, 2016|

Ambassador to Ireland

1 August 2016 Today I announce the appointment of Mr Richard Andrews as Australia's next Ambassador to Ireland. Australia and Ireland enjoy a warm and friendly relationship. In 2016 we commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries. Our bilateral relationship is underpinned by strong economic, historical and people-to-people links. Today over two million Australians claim Irish ancestry. Economic ties between our countries are well established and in 2015, two-way goods and services trade was valued at $3.8 billion.  Our investment relationship is also strong. In 2015, Ireland's investment in Australia totalled $18.4 billion and Australian investment in [...]

August 1st, 2016|

Additional humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

1 August 2016 Myanmar continues to face humanitarian challenges with more than one million people requiring humanitarian assistance this year. I discussed Myanmar’s humanitarian needs with my counterpart, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide an additional $12 million to help address the legacy of decades of civil conflict and vulnerability to natural disaster. Australian assistance will support education and livelihood programs for displaced communities in Myanmar and along the border with Thailand. The programs will prepare students in Thai-Myanmar border camps for a possible return to Myanmar and provide training in financial [...]

August 1st, 2016|

Terror Attack in Nice

The Australian Government condemns the Bastille Day attack in Nice which has left many people dead and injured. Once again we stand resolutely with the people of France. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to Australians caught up in the attack and are urgently seeking to determine whether any other Australians have been affected. We have re-issued our travel advice for France to reflect the attack, but the overall level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high [...]

July 27th, 2016|

Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

Joint statement 25 July 2016 The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, met in Vientiane, Laos on 25 July 2016, for the sixth ministerial meeting of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD). The ministers welcomed the growing positive impact of the strategic partnership between Japan, the United States and Australia, and reaffirmed the importance of TSD policy coordination and practical cooperation. They reiterated their commitment to further deepening their cooperation to ensure a peaceful, stable, and prosperous future for [...]

July 25th, 2016|

ASEAN Ministerial Meetings in Laos

I will visit the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 24 to 27 July to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The EAS is the premier forum for strategic dialogue on regional issues.  At the EAS I will discuss the political, economic and security challenges facing our region, including maritime security, the South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula, non-proliferation and countering violent extremism. I will undertake a range of high-level bilateral consultations with regional counterparts, including the Foreign Ministers of India, the Philippines and Indonesia.  I will also [...]

July 24th, 2016|

Situation in Turkey

The Government is monitoring reports of a possible attempted military coup unfolding in Turkey. We are in contact with the Australian Embassy in Ankara and I have spoken this morning with our Ambassador James Larsen as we seek to determine the facts as the situation unfolds. It is currently highly fluid. Our priority is the safety of Australian citizens in Turkey. Australians in Turkey should be vigilant, monitor media, follow the direction of local authorities and advise friends and family in Australia that they are safe. The travel advice for Turkey has been updated to reflect the unfolding developments. The [...]

July 20th, 2016|