Remarks at Samoa Parliament House ceremony, Samona

JULIE BISHOP:  Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Cabinet Ministers, Ministers, Parliamentarians, High Commissioner Sara Moriarty and the Australian High Commission team and distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. My Ministerial colleague, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and I are delighted to be here this afternoon on what we would call the soft opening of Maota Fono, this magnificent building. We were very much looking forward to seeing the construction work to date, and we are all looking forward to its final completion later this year. The Australian Government is pleased to assist in the rebuilding of Samoa’s [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Keynote address: Australia-Indonesia bilateral relations

JULIE BISHOP: Good Afternoon. It’s an absolute delight to be here, and I thank Governor-elect Khofifah for attending. We had a very productive meeting just a few moments ago. Consul General, Chris Barnes, thank you for you kind words Chris, our Deputy Ambassador, Allaster Cox. Ambassador Fauzi, I received a text from Ibu Retno just a short while ago, assuring me that you would be here. Fortunately I was able to text her back and say, “yes your Ambassador is here. She wasn’t checking on you but just making sure. The many distinguished guests, friends of Indonesia, friends of Australia. [...]

August 5th, 2018|

Remarks at the opening of Surabaya Australian Consulate-General

JULIE BISHOP: Governor Soekarwo, distinguished guests, friends of Australia, friends of Indonesia. In the last couple of days I have spent time with your Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ meetings in Singapore. During our many meetings, multilateral and regional, Ibu Retno and I remarked often how aligned our regional view was in relation to the challenges and opportunities across the Indo-Pacific. Together Australia and Indonesia are working to ensure we live in a prosperous, secure, free, open Indo-Pacific. We are longstanding partners across a range of areas and we are working together to deepen our trade [...]

August 5th, 2018|

Remarks at BRIDGE Program ten-year anniversary

JULIE BISHOP: I’m absolutely delighted to be here at SMA Muhammadiyah 2 on this beautiful East Javanese day. My congratulations to the students for their wonderful traditional dance performance and also the talented musicians who played the Australian anthem particularly well. Congratulations on your wonderful performance today. Educational exchanges and partnerships and investment in education is a pillar of the Australia-Indonesia relationship and together we are working to improve the lives of young people in Indonesia and in Australia. The BRIDGE Program is a remarkable example of the collaboration and cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. BRIDGE works as a noun [...]

August 5th, 2018|

Keynote address: Australia-Malaysia bilateral relations

JULIE BISHOP: It is my pleasure to be speaking with you here today, and thank you Professor Andrew Walker, President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Australia. I’m delighted to be back in Kuala Lumpur. This is my third visit to Malaysia as Australia's Foreign Minister, but I have been here many times before. In fact, as a young university student, I convinced my older sister that we needed to travel throughout South-East Asia, and in my first overseas trip I came to Malaysia and visited Penang and Kuala Lumpur, and my love affair with this nation has continued from [...]

August 2nd, 2018|

Speech at Timor-Leste National Hospital

JULIE BISHOP:  Good morning, and I'm delighted to be here in Dili, on the third day of a visit to underscore the deep connections and partnerships between Australia and Timor-Leste. I acknowledge the presence of the Acting Minister for Health, the Vice Minister for Social Solidarity, the Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion. Ambassador Guterres, it is wonderful to see you here, and thank you to our Ambassador and the Australian Embassy team for putting together such an extensive program. They have been working me from morning through to late in the evening, but it has given me a marvellous [...]

July 31st, 2018|

Keynote speech at official Foreign Minister’s dinner

JULIE BISHOP:  Good evening Ministers, Secretaries, Ambassadors, representatives of the Timor-Leste Government, Friends of Australia, Friends of Timor-Leste. I'm absolutely delighted to be here this evening on my second visit to Timor-Leste but my first as the Foreign Minister of Australia and I'm pleased that I was able to visit so soon after the formation of the new government and pay our respects to the new government and ensure that we will be able to work together. The series of meetings I had today have given me great confidence that this will be the case. Minister Soares, thank you for [...]

July 30th, 2018|

Seasonal Workers Program announcement

JULIE BISHOP: Secretary da Silva, Ambassadors from Australia and Timor-Leste, to all of the students and trainees and trainers and representatives here today: thank you for your very warm welcome to Tibar Training Centre here. It is my second visit to the training centre and much has changed in those five years. I'm very pleased to be able to visit the Centre during my overall visit here to Dili and this trip was timed to be after the formation of the new government from the last election. Also it's timely because we have signed the Maritime Boundary Treaty in New [...]

July 30th, 2018|

Keynote Address: The future of Australia-UK Relations, London

Speech, check against delivery Chatham House, London 19 July 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I am delighted to be here at Chatham House and may I pay tribute to the role that this famous institution has played in supporting the principle of free speech, which we must continue to uphold and defend. I am in London for the inaugural Australia-UK Leadership Forum and also the annual Australia-UK Ministerial Dialogue. This will be my first opportunity to meet new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and there are many issues for us to discuss. I am then on my way to San Francisco for the annual [...]

July 19th, 2018|

Keynote Address: Australia’s Pacific Partnerships, Queensland

Speech, check against delivery Forde, Queensland 9 July 2018 JULIE BISHOP:         Aunty Robyn, thank you so much for that wonderful Welcome to Country - you do us proud. High Commissioners, Ambassadors, friends of Australia, friends of the Pacific, I’m absolutely delighted to be here this afternoon, hosted by the Member for Forde and my very good friend Bert van Manen, along with so many members of Australia’s magnificent Pacific community. Thank you for the contribution you make to your community, to Queensland and to Australia. I’ll talk today about Australia’s partnerships in the Pacific and I couldn’t [...]

July 9th, 2018|

Keynote address at the Malaria World Congress, Melbourne

Speech, check against delivery Melbourne 2 July 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I am delighted to welcome all delegates here to Melbourne, the most liveable city on the planet, to this inaugural Malaria World Congress. Among the many esteemed delegates, please allow me to acknowledge Sir Puka Temu, the Minister for Health from Papua New Guinea, indeed, a medical practitioner who has spent some time working in hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney, welcome Sir Puka. Ken Staley, the US Global Malaria Eradication Coordinator, appointed by the US President - we are delighted to have our friends from the United States here as well. [...]

July 2nd, 2018|

Launching the Australia Norway Oceans Dialogue, Canberra

Speech, check against delivery Canberra 23 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I’m absolutely delighted to be here at the inaugural bilateral Australia-Norway ocean dialogue. I particularly welcome Deputy Minister Hagen and Ambassador Klovstad, and the representatives from the Norwegian ministry and agencies, and likewise my Australian colleagues, and welcome to both delegations. Australia and Norway are close friends. We have warm and friendly relations, and we have a significant Norwegian diaspora in Australia, and so our people-to-people connections keep us as close friends. We’re also likeminded in our view of the world. We share a common belief in the importance of the [...]

June 23rd, 2018|

Address at Vogue Codes, Sydney

Speech, E&OE Sydney 22 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I congratulate Vogue on initiating this extraordinary event, hosting Vogue Codes with sponsors, to focus on the issue of women in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. Let me make a couple of observations. First, no country can reach its full potential unless and until it embraces and engages with and utilises the skills and talents and intellect and energy of the 50 per cent of its population that is female. Secondly, technology surrounds us. Technological advances are disrupting the way we live and work and engage, and it is on a [...]

June 22nd, 2018|

Address at the Australia-China Business Council

JULIE BISHOP:           Ladies and gentlemen, friends of Australia, friends of China. It is a delight to be here again this year, and I congratulate the Australia-China Business Council on this annual networking day. I think it is a great initiative and long may it endure. Just on the topic of sport, being the number one ticket holder for the West Coast Eagles who are on top of the ladder - we don't have a female team yet but I can assure you when we do, there will be a female football game in Shanghai. Absolutely! We are in the 46th [...]

June 19th, 2018|

Address to the 60th Liberal Federal Council, Sydney

Speech, check against delivery Sydney 16 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           Prime Minister, Premiers, parliamentary colleagues, delegates - I thank you all for attending this 60th Federal Council meeting, and I pay tribute to you for your support of the Liberal Party, the most constructive and positive political movement in Australia. Much work goes on behind the scenes in the lead-up to a Federal Council, including policy deliberations across the country by our Liberal Party members, our branches, and within our divisions. Our party is a policy powerhouse and through that foundation and the implementation of our policies, the Liberal Party has [...]

June 16th, 2018|