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Victorian State Election on 29 November
A Victorian State Election has been announced for 29 November. For more information please visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website or contact the VEC directly by telephone: +61 3 8620 1100, or email. Postal vote applications will be made available on the VEC website on 5 November.
Ambassador Higgie participates in event about the EU, Australia and New Zealand
Ambassador Higgie (right) speaking at the EU-ASIA Centre event on Friends in the Asia-Pacific: The EU, Australia and New Zealand.
Ambassador Mark Higgie was panellist at the EU-ASIA Centre event on 12 November titled: Friends in the Asia-Pacific: The EU, Australia and New Zealand. He was joined by the New Zealand Ambassador to the EU, H.E. Vangelis Vitalis, Gerhard Sabathil, Director, Asia-Pacific EEAS and Michael Theurer, MEP, Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Delegation. The panellists discussed what Australia and New Zealand want from their relationship with the EU and how the EU could work best with both countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The seminar’s timing was apposite coming three days before the start of the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane, which was attended by the two EU presidents and leaders of the five biggest member states.
Landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
The landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come. ChAFTA will add billions to the economy, create jobs and drive higher living standards for Australians. Australian businesses will have unprecedented access to the world’s second largest economy. It greatly enhances our competitive position in key areas such as agriculture, resources and energy, manufacturing exports, services and investment. Read more
G20 Leaders' Summit
The G20 Leaders' Summit was held in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014. As chair of the G20, Australia hosted leaders of the world's major economies to discuss global economic challenges. Australia focused on practical outcomes that will promote economic growth, create jobs and build the resilience of the global economy. G20 Leaders' Communique
Ambassador meets Australian school choir at Armistice Day Commemoration
Ambassador Higgie (centre right) surrounded by members of the Brighton Secondary School Vocal Ensemble at Tyne Cot Cemetery. Ms Heidi Van Gerwen, the Belgian Honorary Consul in Adelaide, is front left and the school’s Head of Music, Jeff Kong, is to the Ambassador’s immediate left.
Ambassador Mark Higgie attended several commemorative events on Armistice Day 11 November including a ceremony at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke near Ypres, Belgium. Also participating was the Brighton Secondary School Vocal Ensemble from South Australia which gave fine performances of ‘O Valiant Hearts’ and ‘Advance Australia Fair’. The choir travelled to Belgium to perform in the 1000 Voices for Peace World War One – one of a series of Belgian events marking the centenary of World War One. The choir also gave a well-attended concert in Bruges on 6 November.
Australia holds United Nations Security Council Presidency
Australia on 1st November assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of November. The Presidency provides an important opportunity to advance Australia’s national security interests and priorities, and to demonstrate our active contribution to the Council during our two year term. Australia’s Presidency comes at a time when the world faces an unprecedented number of complex challenges to international peace and security, including the threat of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Read more
‘CHOICE’ travel insurance buying guide
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 23rd October announced the release of a new initiative to aid Australian travellers in selecting travel insurance ahead of the peak Christmas travel period and start of the cruise season.The CHOICE Guide to Travel Insurance was commissioned by the Australian Government in June this year. Read more
Enhancing Significant Investor Visa programme
The Government will expand and improve the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) programme as part of its broader competitiveness agenda. At present, SIVs are available for applicants having an eligible investment in Australia of A$5 million, for a minimum of four years. Read more
Asia–Europe Summit in Italy
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 15 October announced that she will represent the Prime Minister this week at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Milan. ASEM links Asia and Europe through discussion on political, economic and cultural relations. The Meeting aims to generate initiatives, open up trade and investment opportunities and coordinate multilateral policies.The Summit involves 19 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat, along with the 28 European Union member states, Norway, Switzerland and the European Commission. Read more
Australian Parliamentary Delegation Visit to Belgium
Australian parliamentary delegation meets the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy
An Australian parliamentary delegation, led by The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives, visited Belgium and several other European countries in October 2014. In Brussels, the delegation met members of the European Parliament, senior NATO officials and Belgian Government representatives. The delegation was received by the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, as well as the Vice President of the European Parliament, Mrs Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz. The delegation presented a significant Indigenous artwork to the European Parliament, accompanied by a manuscript of the Apology made by the Australian Parliament to Indigenous Australians in 2008.
Foreign investment in Australia reaches A$2.5 trillion
Statistics released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1st October show that the total stock of foreign investment in Australia was A$2.5 trillion in 2013 – up 11.3 per cent on the previous year – the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said. Read more
DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese gives lecture on "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific"
The Secretary of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO, on 16 June gave the 2014 Schuman Lecture at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. His lecture was titled "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific". Read more
Australia is serving on the UN Security Council during 2014
Australia Unlimited - a representation of Australia, symbolising our growth and expansion
Membership of the G20 gives Australia the capacity to influence key policies relating to the global economy.