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Ambassador celebrates Australia Day in Belgium
Ambassador Higgie and daughter Anna are pictured with the committee of the Australia Society in Belgium - from L to R are: Nathalie Whetton, Emma Job, John Hiley, Natalie Windle, Ambassador Higgie, Anna Higgie, Emily Couvreur and Amber Thurecht
Ambassador Higgie and his daughter Anna Higgie joined the Australia Society when it celebrated Australia Day on 25th January with a traditional Aussie BBQ – albeit indoors given that the temperature was close to zero. He spoke to the 100 or so people present congratulating the Society for its activities. Festivities at the event included a tombola and singing of the national anthem.
Chasing the future on Australia Day
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has welcomed an international campaign promoting the achievements of young Australians and the power of the nation’s education system to shape a career. Culminating on 26 January 2015, Australia Day, the Future Chasers: Australian Experiences, Global Impact campaign profiles 19 young decision-makers helping to define the next generation’s success and influence. Read more
First Ebola survivor discharged from Australian-managed Ebola clinic
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced on 6 January that the first patient successfully treated at the Australian-funded Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone has been discharged with a clean bill of health. Eleven year old Aminata Bangura was collected from the clinic by family members last week, having fully recovered from Ebola. Tragically, Aminata has lost several of her family members to the deadly disease. Her father paid tribute to the dedication of Australian and New Zealand clinic staff, who are working to put an end to this epidemic. Read more
Additional humanitarian assistance to Iraq
Australia will provide a further $5 million of life saving assistance to the people in Iraq, who continue to suffer from ISIL's terrorist activities. There are now more than 5.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq. Over 2.2 million of these have been driven from their homes due to ISIL terrorist attacks and are living in temporary shelters. Read more
Australia concludes UN Security Council term
Australia concludes its two year term on the United Nations Security Council today, having served with distinction at a time when the world faces a larger number of security and humanitarian crises than since World War II. Our record as a non-permanent member included taking the lead on several landmark resolutions, chairing the Al Qaida, Taliban, and Iran sanctions committees, while also taking the lead on drafting of resolutions as ‘pen holder’ on Afghanistan. Read more
Foreign Minister Bishop launches new Consular Strategy
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 3rd December launched the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s three year Consular Strategy that will maintain Australia’s consular service as world’s best practice. More Australians than ever are travelling overseas and the demand for consular services is high. The delivery of high quality consular services is one of the Government’s foreign policy priorities. Released with a revised DFAT Consular Services Charter, the new Consular Strategy will see changes aimed at maintaining the agility of Australia’s consular service in a changing world. Read more
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
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
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