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Australia’s Menin Gate Lions gift strengthens friendship with Ieper
The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has announced that Australia would produce replicas of the famous Menin Gate Lions and gift them to Ieper/Ypres in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the service and sacrifice of Australians in Flanders during the First World War.
Australia has entered into a major international collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO). At a ceremony in Canberra, the arrangement for a ten-year strategic partnership was signed. It will give Australian astronomers access to the world’s best optical telescopes and reflects global recognition of their research excellence.
Agreement on the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement Scoping Exercise
Australia and the European Union (EU) have successfully concluded a joint scoping exercise on a future free trade agreement (FTA) between the two economies. This is a key step toward the launch of negotiations. Both sides will now work through their domestic processes to secure approval of a negotiating mandate. An Australia-EU FTA has the potential to drive economic growth by opening up new export opportunities, enhancing investment flows, and removing trade barriers for businesses. Collectively the EU is Australia’s second-largest trading partner and largest source of foreign investment.
Australia releases the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo have released the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. It is the first comprehensive review of Australia's international engagement for 14 years. The Foreign Policy White Paper delivers a framework to ensure our prosperity and security by guiding our international efforts over the next decade and beyond. Media release: Opportunity, Security, Strength: The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper
Foreign Policy White Paper website
From the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade