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Ambassador opens new Koala facility at Pairi Daiza

Ambassador Higgie is pictured with one of the three koalas and their keeper.

Ambassador Higgie on 28 July opened an enclosure for three koalas brought to Pairi Daiza, a zoo and botanical garden located in the province of Hainaut. Carina, Coco and Zelda  had been brought from the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary near Brisbane earlier this year and initially put in quarantine before being released into their new home “Koala Territory” in Pairi Daiza. Also on hand for the opening was Mr Robert Friedler, Director of the Lone Pine Sanctuary.

ASEAN Ministerial Meetings in Laos
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 24 to 27 July to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Read more

New Australian Government sworn in
The new Australian Government led by the Hon Malcom Turnbull MP, was on 19 July sworn in by the country's Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).  Read more

Terror attack in Nice
The Australian Government condemns the Bastille Day attack in Nice which has left many people dead and injured. Once again we stand resolutely with the people of France. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families. Read more

Attack on Ataturk Airport, Istanbul
The Australian Government condemns what appears to be a coordinated terror attack on the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on 28 June. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the people of Turkey. Read more

Humanitarian assistance to African countries
The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, Somalia and countries in the Lake Chad basin is worsening due to the effects of El Nino and conflict in the region. Read more

Official results of the Australian Federal Election held on 2 July 2016
The Australian Federal Election was held on Saturday 2 July 2016.   The official results of the election can be found on the Australian Electoral Commission website

Preparing the way for an Australian-EU FTA
The  Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, the  Hon Steven Ciobo MP,  worked with the European Union and member state authorities to prepare the way for free trade agreement negotiations when he visited Brussels on 28-29 April.  Before his visit Minister Ciobo said an Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement would open new export markets, create opportunities for Australian businesses that drive economic growth and create jobs. Read more

Australia's Candidacy to the Human Rights Council
Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop, and Attorney-General Senator, the Hon George Brandis QC, have officially launched Australia’s candidacy for membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018-20 term. This is the first time Australia has sought membership of the Human Rights Council. Our inaugural candidacy embodies our commitment to the aims and purposes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the ongoing promotion and protection of human rights, both here in Australia and around the world. Read more

 

 

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