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A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Canning in Western Australia will be held on Saturday 19 September. Read more
Arms Trade Treaty - 1st Conference of States Parties
The Australian Government on 25 August renewed its support for the Arms Trade Treaty to enable better regulation of the arms trade. Read more
An Australian world view: A practitioner’s perspective
The Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO, on 20 August gave a speech to the Lowy Institute titled "An Australian world view: A practitioner’s perspective".
World Humanitarian Day - 19 August 2015
World Humanitarian Day is an annual event designated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 UN staff. It is a day to reflect on the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world and pay tribute to those who face danger and adversity in order to help them. Read more
Australia Remembers MH17
The Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, has issued a media release on the anniversary of MH17 and given an address to the MH17 National Memorial Service, Parliament House, Canberra.
An MH17 tribunal: why it is necessary and timely
Twelve months ago, on 21 July 2014, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2166, which called for an independent investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, and for those responsible to be held to account. It also decided to remain seized of the matter. Read more
New partnership with Australian Red Cross
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 21 July announced a new four year partnership with the Australian Red Cross to build on our close collaboration and provide a more targeted approach to reaching our region’s most vulnerable people. Read more
Australia welcomes agreement on development finance
The Australian Government on 16 July welcomed the success of the Third Financing for Development Conference in Ethiopia. The agreement to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda will guide the coordination of global development finance for the next 15 years. Read more
Iran nuclear deal
The Australian Government welcomes the progress made towards addressing international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. Read more
Australia represented at WWI commemoration events in Ypres/Ieper
At the unveiling of The Menin Gate at Midnight from L to R are Australian War Memorial (AWM) Director Dr Brendan Nelson, Ypres First Alderman Jef Verschoore, RSL National President and Chairman of the Board of the AWM, Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd), Co-ordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum Mr Piet Chielens and Curator of the Ypres City Museum Mr Jan Dewilde. (photo: Stad Ieper – Tijl Capoen)
Australia was represented at the 30,000th Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres/Ieper on 9th July by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence the Hon Darren Chester MP and Ambassador Mark Higgie. Buglers from the Last Post Association have been performing the Last Post as an act of homage to the fallen nightly since 1928, with the exception of the period of German occupation during World War Two. While in Belgium the Parliamentary Secretary and Ambassador also visited key commemoration sites linked to Australia’s involvement in World War One. Separately, on July 9th Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial (AWM), unveiled Will Longstaff’s famous painting The Menin Gate at Midnight (The Ghosts of the Menin Gate) at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres/Ieper. The painting is on loan from the AWM and will be displayed in the museum until January 2016.
In addition, Parliamentary Secretary Chester, Dr Nelson and Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd), collected a small amount of soil from land adjacent to the Toronto Avenue cemetery, near Ypres. The cemetery contains the graves of 78 Australian soldiers who died in World War One and is the only Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Belgium which contains only Australian graves. The soil will form part of a Flanders Fields commemorative garden which is expected to be inaugurated at the Australian War Memorial in 2017.
From L to R Rear Admiral Doolan AO RAN (Retd), Dr Nelson and Parliamentary Secretary Chester are pictured collecting soil for the future AWM’s Flanders Fields commemorative garden.
Finance Minister Cormann visits Belgium
Minister Cormann is pictured (left) with Mr Michel Theurer MEP, Chair of European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Australia.
The Australian Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, visited Belgium at the end of June as the 2015 leader of the European Australian Business Council (EABC) mission to Europe. He discussed Australia’s relationship with the European Union, including bilateral trade relations in the context of the proposed Australian-European Union FTA with Members of the European Parliament, European Commission Vice-Presidents Jyrki Katainen and Valdis Dombrovskis, and Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom. Minister Cormann also met Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and the Belgian Minister for Finance Johan van Overtveldt. Together with the EABC mission, the Minister also visited Tyne Cot cemetery and, with EABC Chairman Alastair Walton, laid a wreath at the Menin Gate, Ypres.
Defence Minister Andrews’ visit to Brussels highlights strong Australia-NATO relations
Minister Andrews is pictured (centre left) with Ambassador Higgie (centre right) and the rest of the Australian delegation.
The Australian Minister of Defence, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, visited Brussels in late June to meet over two days Defence Ministers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) members and partner countries. Discussions were held with the NATO Secretary General, Mr Jens Stoltenberg, Defence Ministers from the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Ukraine and Sweden and the Acting Afghan Minister of Defence, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai. In meetings Minister Andrews affirmed Australia’s substantial commitment to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and to other operations advancing global security. Read more
Deal with Europe blasts Australia into the space economy
Volker Liebig, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes (left) and David Williams, CSIRO’s Executive Director of National Facilities and Collections (right) after signing the agreement.
Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has signed an agreement with the European Space Agency to allow more sharing of scientific expertise and to give Australia better access to the space agency’s extensive Earth observation satellite fleet. The agreement, which was signed into effect at the Paris Air Show on 17 June, enhances Australia's involvement in European Earth observation programs. It gives CSIRO and Australia's research community improved access to massive new datasets produced by the European Space Agency's programs, such as the upcoming 'Biomass' mission that will help improve the way we map forests, crops, other natural vegetation and their carbon stocks. Read more
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