Doorstop, Samoa

JOURNALIST: The Lowy Institute has found that Australia is still by far the most significant donor to the Pacific Island but your contribution has still fallen from $1.2 billion to $800 million. Will this strategy continue or will it be stabilised? JULIE BISHOP: Those figures are, in fact, not correct. The Australian aid investment in the Pacific is at a record level, $1.3 billion this year and in 2016 the figure you quoted, it was actually over $1.1 billion. I think the mistake was that people are using US dollars whereas the Pacific and Australia use Australian dollar statistics, and that doesn’t [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Press conference with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini

JULIE BISHOP: Good afternoon. I am delighted to welcome to Sydney, Australia, High Representative Federica Mogherini from the EU. Federica and I have become close friends over the years that we have been in our respective roles, but this is her first official visit to Australia and we are delighted to have Federica and her delegation here. We meet on so many occasions around the world, and we have shared views and perspectives on many occasions. It has been a pleasure to have an in-depth and very thoughtful discussion with you today. Australia and the EU are natural partners. In fact, [...]

August 8th, 2018|

Interview with Georgie Gardner, Today Show, Bali

GEORGIE GARDNER: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joins us now from Bali. Minister, good morning to you. The death toll is edging towards a hundred, as you know, many more injured. What’s the latest? Are any Australians among those injured? JULIE BISHOP: Good morning Georgie. The death toll is rising, we understand it is about 98 at this stage, it could well go higher. There are no reports of any Australian casualties or serious injury. We are providing consular support to a number of Australians. We have sent five of our consular staff from Jakarta and Bali consulate to Lombok and they are [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Interview with Natalie Barr, Sunrise, Jakarta

NATALIE BARR: It’s the second earthquake to strike Indonesia in recent days, with tremors felt as far away as Jakarta. Joining us now, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who is in Bali today. Morning to you, Minister. You landed in Indonesia shortly after the quake hit. The pictures we’re seeing are devastating. How bad is it on the ground? JULIE BISHOP: Good morning Nat. The death toll is continuing to rise. The authorities put it at about 98 but it could well go higher. The damage on Lombok island is widespread. The epicentre of the quake was in northern Lombok and so we’ve [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News, Bali

KIERAN GILBERT:      Minister Julie Bishop joins me and Minister I know you arrived in Bali just minutes after that magnitude 7 quake. Can you give us an update on what the response is and any Australians caught up in it? JULIE BISHOP:           Thanks Kieran. The death toll is rising, local authorities now put it at about 98, but it could well go higher and our thoughts are with the families of those affected by this earthquake. It is the second in a week and it's a very significant one. There were aftershocks last night. There is widespread damage on Lombok [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Interview with Dewata TV, Indonesia

JOURNALIST: Indonesia and Australia have a unique relationship as neighbours. There have been many of ups and downs between the two countries. However, the positive side is both countries keep cooperating for the benefit of other countries and the world. Now, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is here with me in this beautiful garden. Thank you for having me. JULIE BISHOP: Delighted to be here. JOURNALIST: I cannot figure it out, you’ve had this really long trip, you have this Bali Process and I’m also aware you just had arrived in Bali after the earthquake happened. JULIE BISHOP: Indeed, I have been travelling throughout Southeast [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Press conference with Retno Marsudi, Indonesian Foreign Minister

RETNO MARSUDI: I’m here with Minister Julie Bishop. I’d like to continue in Indonesian. There are a few points I want to make about the results of the Seventh Bali Process Ministerial Conference. Firstly, we saw very strong enthusiasm from all participants and this was demonstrated by the level and number of participants at this meeting – 281 delegates from 46 countries and 10 international organisations – and of the participants, 26 were ministers or ministerial-level. The next point is that the spirit of collaboration was so high during the conference and all delegates commended the role of the Bali Process. [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Doorstop at the Annika Linden Centre, Bali

JULIE BISHOP: Good morning. I arrived in Bali last evening for the Bali Process meeting that I’ll be co-chairing with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi over the next two days.  Last night there was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Lombok, the second in a week.  There have been reports of loss of life and widespread damage and I understand the latest death toll is at 82.  I extend our deepest sympathies to the people of Indonesia and particularly those who have been directly affected by this natural disaster.  The Australian Government stands with the Indonesian Government in offering our support, should that [...]

August 6th, 2018|

Doorstop interview with Andrew Forrest, Co-chair of the Bali Process Government and Business Forum, Bali

JOURNALIST: About the Bali Process Government and Business Forum, what do you expect from this year’s meeting and what could be a possible change from the last year’s meeting in Perth in 2017? Is there any progress since last year? JULIE BISHOP: Yes, there is progress. We’ve had many achievements over the last twelve months. The Bali Process brings together 45 countries and around four international organisations to focus on the issues of people smuggling, human trafficking, modern slavery, and child labour and other transnational crimes and we are seeing a great deal of collaboration and cooperation between the member countries. In [...]

August 6th, 2018|

Doorstop in Surabaya, Indonesia

JULIE BISHOP: I’m very pleased to be here in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia, on the occasion of the official opening of Australia’s fourth diplomatic mission in Indonesia, here in Surabaya. This underscores the strength of our bilateral trade and investment relationship and the opportunity that Australia sees in the growing area of East Java. Australia and Indonesia have a close and enduring partnership. We work together on many areas of close cooperation, from security and intelligence to education, tourism, governance. In fact, I’ve just spent some time with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Singapore for the ASEAN-related Foreign [...]

August 5th, 2018|

Interview with Frances Suni, GMN TV, Timor-Leste

FRANCES SUNI:         Minister, welcome back to Timor-Leste, and thank you very much for giving us your time for this interview. Just to quickly start, five years after your first visit, what difference can you tell now? JULIE BISHOP:           I'm delighted to be here, and thank you for having me on your program. I'm pleased to be here at a time when the new government is being formed and after Australia and Timor-Leste have signed the historic maritime boundary treaty in March of this year. The difference that I am seeing now is the level of cooperation between the Australian Government and [...]

August 2nd, 2018|

Interview with David Lipson, ABC The World, Malaysia

DAVID LIPSON: Foreign Minister, thanks for your time. You've just met with Malaysia's 93-year-old comeback king, Mahathir Mohamad, the new Prime Minister here. Last time he was in power our two nations didn't get on so well. What is going to be different this time? JULIE BISHOP: It was some time ago and there's a real excitement about the new government here in Malaysia and Australia is looking forward to working closely with the new government. I have had high level meetings, not only with the Prime minister, but also with the Foreign Minister, the Defence Minister, the Attorney-General and the Deputy [...]

August 2nd, 2018|

Press conference with Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Malaysia

WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL: I’m happy to receive the courtesy call by Her Excellency Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister of Australia. First of all, I’m delighted to announce that Malaysia and Australia have agreed to hold a bilateral Gender Policy Dialogue in November, a key priority for us both, and this initiative will bring together Australian and Malaysian experts and allow them to exchange perspectives and experiences on issues to help inform on our respective gender policies and efforts to promote women empowerment. We, together, look forward to this building an ongoing stream of work and cooperation for our mutual benefit. [...]

August 1st, 2018|

Doorstop interview, Timor-Leste

JOURNALIST: Mr Jose Ramos Horta has asked that Australia not pursue the former ASIS agent or Witness K and his lawyer for exposing the bugging scandal. Will you intervene or drop the prosecution in the interest to relation with Timor-Leste? JULIE BISHOP: The Australian Government accepted that the advice of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to launch this prosecution. It's now a matter before the courts. It would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment. This is a domestic legal process within Australia. JOURNALIST: Could I ask, just on that, Foreign Minister, could I even ask how it could be [...]

July 31st, 2018|

Press Conference with Timor-Leste Foreign Minister H.E. Dr Dionisio Babo Soares, Dili, Timor-Leste

DIONISIO BABO SOARES: Honourable Minister Julie Bishop, it's a great honour for me to welcome you here to Dili, Timor-Leste. As a matter of fact, this is the first visit to Timor-Leste by an Australian Foreign Minister for quite a while. Your visit and the historical signing of the Maritime Boundary Treaty between our two countries are indeed milestones in our bilateral relationship. Timor-Leste and Australia have historical relations, rooted in people-to-people connection and deep hands to each other in times of needs. Today, Minister Bishop and I had very fruitful discussion, during the meeting we discussed a range of issues [...]

July 30th, 2018|

Radio interview with Stephen Dziedzic, ABC AM, Dili

STEPHEN DZIEDZIC:             The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, is in East Timor's capital Dili to meet its newly elected leaders. It is a milestone because it has been five years since an Australian Government Minister has visited the fledgling nation. That is largely because the relationships has been poisoned by a dispute over our maritime boundary and rich gas deposits which lie between Australia and East Timor. While the two countries hammered out an agreement on the boundary earlier this year, there are still a few strains. Just last month, the Federal Government decided it would prosecute a former spy known [...]

July 30th, 2018|

Interview with Kim Landers, ABC AM,

KIM LANDERS:          Minister, good morning. JULIE BISHOP:           Good morning, good to be with you. KIM LANDERS:          Will Australia send assistance to Greece to cope with the aftermath of these horrific fires? JULIE BISHOP:           This is a shocking tragedy. Australians know all too well the devastating impact of bushfires and the loss of life is astounding. Our thoughts are with the people of Greece. Our Embassy in Athens is in close contact with the authorities. We have offered assistance and we are ready to provide that assistance if we are asked, but at this stage we stand ready to provide whatever support the Government of [...]

July 26th, 2018|

Interview with Zoe Daniel, ABC The World

ZOE DANIEL:              Minister, thank you very much for your time. JULIE BISHOP:           My pleasure. ZOE DANIEL:              You said that you planned to raise concerns over the Trump Administrations relationship with Russia, specifically the chance that Russia could escape responsibility for past behaviour, did you and what reassurance did you get? JULIE BISHOP:           Yes, I most certainly did raise it during a bilateral discussion with Secretary Pompeo and also in the broader discussion. And as Secretary Pompeo has said at the press conference just a short while ago, the United States stands with Australia in seeking to hold Russia to account for its role in [...]

July 24th, 2018|

Press conference at the Australia-US Ministerial Consultations, California, United States

MIKE POMPEO:        Well, good morning, everyone. I want to first thank Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and the Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, as well as their team, for joining us here in California. Since Secretary of State George Shultz and Admiral William Crowe travelled to Canberra for the first AUSMIN in 1985, our two nations have grown much closer, and I expect that will continue. We’re proud to call Australia one of our best friends and strongest allies. They’re truly that all across the world, and we will continue to work closely together on a range of key [...]

July 24th, 2018|

Doorstop with Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, United States

JULIE BISHOP:           After completing a very successful meeting with our counterparts in the United Kingdom last week, the Foreign Secretary and the Defence Secretary, it is timely that we are also here now in the United States to meet with our counterparts, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. The annual AUSMIN meeting in an opportunity for us to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern and this AUSMIN was one of the most productive and fruitful that I have attended. We covered a range of issues. We reaffirmed the standing and enduring nature of [...]

July 24th, 2018|