Speeches 2017-07-25T15:52:13+00:00

Speech at the launch of the Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative

Speech, check against delivery Parliament House, Canberra 8 February 2018 JULIE BISHOP: Thank you Sharman. Dr Sharman Stone is Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and doing a magnificent job in raising the profile of Australia’s initiatives to boost the empowerment of women and girls around the world and particularly in our region. I acknowledge Minister Connie Fierravanti-Wells, Minister Jane Prentice, Terry Butler representing the Leader of the Opposition, my dear Chief Government Whip Nola Marino, who is part of this program - I’ll come back to that later - and I want to mention Senator Lucy Gichuhi, our new Liberal [...]

February 8th, 2018|

Remarks at Human Rights Council ‘My Piece for Peace’ Exhibition

Speech, check against delivery Parliament House, Canberra 7 February 2018 JULIE BISHOP: May I acknowledge the Members and Senators here this evening -  my Ministerial colleague Luke Hartsuyker, Claire Moore representing the Opposition, the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson and my co-host the Ambassador, Ambassador Zorko, of Slovenia who of course will be hosting the Presidency of the Council for this year, the new United Nations Human Rights Council. Ambassador Zorko, thank you for being here. As well, I also want to acknowledge the representatives of the other member nations who will join us on [...]

February 7th, 2018|

Speech at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science Centre for Fashion Ball

Speech, check against delivery Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 1 February 2018 JULIE BISHOP: Australia’s fashion industry is world-class. Our designers and products are at the leading edge of global fashion trends, from Sydney to New York, Paris to Sao Paulo, Shanghai to Jakarta. As Foreign Minister, I have embraced the policy of Fashion Diplomacy to showcase and promote Australian fashion throughout our diplomatic network around the world. Our fashion industry is already making such a significant contribution. Over 220,000 jobs directly in Australia. It is worth over $12 billion and 40 per cent of that sum comes from export earnings. The [...]

February 1st, 2018|

Remarks at the G’Day USA Gala, Los Angeles USA

27 January 2018 REMARKS AT THE G’DAY USA GALA LOS ANGELES, USA E&OE… JULIE BISHOP:             What an absolute delight it is to be in Los Angeles this evening among so many friends of Australia and friends of the United States as we celebrate a landmark G’day USA. Fifteen years of celebrating one of the most unique relationships in the world. Few countries can claim to be as close or have such an enduring relationship as Australia and the United States. Fifteen years of showcasing the very best of what Australia has to offer in our talent, our products and our [...]

January 27th, 2018|

G’Day USA US-Australian Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Speech, check against delivery Los Angeles, USA 26 January 2018 Michael, thank you to Rand Corporation for hosting today’s event along with the US Studies Centre, Sydney and the Perth US Asia Centre, and I acknowledge the many Excellencies here today including Ambassador Hockey, thank you for your very kind introduction Joe, former Ambassadors Kim Beazley and Michael Thawley, Ambassador Bleich, our Consul General Chelsey Martin, our former Consul General John Olsen, the father of G’Day USA, and my former parliamentary colleague the Honorable Bruce Baird and the many friends of Australia and friends of the United States who are here today. I’m [...]

January 26th, 2018|

Join The Dots Launch, Sydney

16 January 2018 JOIN THE DOTS LAUNCH SYDNEY Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys. Through the magic of technology, this event is being live streamed to Japan. So I acknowledge the Mayor of Ota City, Mayor Shimizu and all the representatives of Ota City in Japan this evening. In Sydney, I welcome the Japanese Consul-General and Jonathan O'Dea​, representing the Premier of New South Wales. This initiative is a partnership between the Sydney Opera House and the Art Museum and Library of Ota City. Through this Join the Dots initiative, young people in both cities will collaborate with [...]

January 16th, 2018|

World AIDS Day Parliamentary Breakfast, Canberra

World AIDS Day Parliamentary Breakfast Parliament House, Canberra 7 December 2017 Good morning and thank you Norman for the introduction. I acknowledge Senator Penny Wong, my Cabinet colleagues Greg Hunt, Simon Birmingham, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Jane Prentice. In fact, there are so many Members of the Coalition here but also from the Labor Party, Catherine King, Terri Butler and others, Richard Di Natale. I think the fact there are so many Members of Parliament from all sides indicates the support there is across the Parliament for this vital work. In that regard I particularly want to acknowledge the work [...]

December 7th, 2017|

G’Day USA 2018 Launch, Sydney

1 December 2017 G’DAY USA 2018 LAUNCH SYDNEY Thank you Richard and thank you for your ongoing support for G’Day USA. Ladies and gentlemen, sponsors, supporters, friends. Steve Ciobo and I are delighted to welcome you to the launch of the 2018 G’Day USA program and what a year it will be next year as we continue to showcase the best Australia has to the vast audiences across the United States. In its 15th year G’Day USA has become Australia’s premier public and economic diplomacy platform. Why the United States? Well, this relationship underpins our prosperity and our security. The [...]

December 1st, 2017|

Australia-Latin America Business Council Annual Dinner, Sydney

30 November 2017 AUSTRALIA-LATIN AMERICA BUSINESS COUNCIL ANNUAL DINNER SYDNEY Thank you very much for the introduction. Ladies and gentlemen I am absolutely delighted to be here at this event hosted by the Australian-Latin American Business Council to celebrate the extraordinary relationship between Australia and Latin America. Valeria, thank you so much for being a sponsor from Latam and announcing that level of connectivity between Australia and Latin American countries via your airline, so I think that’s a wonderful announcement this evening. I also want to pay tribute to Jose for his 26 years of leadership of the Australia-Latin America [...]

November 30th, 2017|

Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, Canberra

29 November 2017 AUSTRALIA-ISRAEL PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA Thank you David and congratulations on your fine chairmanship of the Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group. I acknowledge my parliamentary colleagues here this evening and distinguished guests all. Friends of Australia, Friends of Israel. We are celebrating this evening the State of Israel for this year marks the 70th anniversary of that very significant United Nations partition resolution that created the State of Israel 70 years ago. Australia was the first nation to vote in favour of that partition resolution. In fact, Australia and Israel have remained firm and staunch friends [...]

November 29th, 2017|

United Nations Day

Speech, check against delivery Old Parliament House, Canberra 24 October 2017 To our distinguished diplomats and representatives from so many different organisations and community groups, welcome here to Old Parliament House this evening. I acknowledge my DFAT Deputy Secretaries Ewen McDonald and Gary Quinlan, and it really is a delight to be here again to mark United Nations Day as we join with people all around the world who are commemorating, indeed celebrating, the signing of the United Nations Charter on this day in 1945. In the 12 months that have passed since I last addressed this event, many global [...]

October 24th, 2017|

Launch of the Pacific Research Program

Speech, check against delivery Australian National University, Canberra 24 October 2017 Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt, Dean Michael Wesley, distinguished diplomats particularly from our Pacific missions, and eminent researchers, ladies and gentlemen. It’s an absolute delight to be here to welcome and launch a much needed initiative, the Pacific Research Program. I also congratulate the winning consortium with Nicole Haley and Stephen Howes and Michael Fullilove, and they all bring their expertise and passion and commitment and excellence to this program. The Pacific is a significant part of Australia’s foreign policy, indeed I have often thought it is the most significant [...]

October 24th, 2017|

Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner Arrival

Speech, check against delivery Sydney Airport, Sydney 20 October 2017 My Cabinet colleague Darren Chester, the Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman, Alan Joyce and the Qantas staff, crew and board members, ladies and gentlemen. What an absolute delight it is to be here this morning. As a very regular customer of Qantas, indeed I feel like I’m part of the family these days, I want to say what a pleasure it is to be here this morning to welcome the new 787 Qantas Dreamliner to Sydney. I congratulate the board of Qantas, Alan Joyce and his team, and the [...]

October 20th, 2017|

Launch of Australian Foreign Affairs

Speech, check against delivery Canberra 18 October 2017 Jonathan Pearlman, Morry Schwartz, distinguished diplomats, Chancellor of the ANU Gareth Evans – and former Foreign Minister – Mark Dreyfus representing the Opposition, Members of Parliament, authors, ladies and gentlemen all. In 1946 the United States Chargé d'Affaires to Moscow, George Kennan sent an 8,000 word telegram to the State Department. Famously known as the "long telegram", it concerned the aggressive nature of foreign policy under Soviet dictator Stalin. Writing as "Mr X", George Kennan subsequently outlined his thesis in an article for the July 1947 issue of Foreign Affairs, and it [...]

October 18th, 2017|

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leaders’ Summit

Speech, check against delivery Canberra 17 October 2017 Good morning, thank you Terry for the short introduction. To James Pearson, Paul Nicolaou, ladies and gentlemen good morning. I am in a very good mood because overnight we were informed that Australia had been elected overwhelmingly to serve on the UN Human Rights Council, the first time we have served on that body, and it is great international recognition of Australia as an open, liberal democracy, committed to freedoms, rule of law, democratic institutions. I also have to be back at a Party Room meeting at 9:00am to discuss the very [...]

October 17th, 2017|