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Australia secures renewed humanitarian access to Syria

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2191 in response to the appalling humanitarian situation in Syria. Australia, working with Jordan and Luxembourg, co-authored and co-led negotiations on the resolution, which will allow the UN to increase aid deliveries across borders and conflict lines...Australia has worked consistently during our 2013-2014 term to ensure the Council supports efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria. (more)

Ministerial statement on school attack by the Pakistan Taliban

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has spoken to HE Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs (Foreign Minister equivalent), to offer on behalf of the Australian people our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims and the people of Pakistan in the wake of the horrific attack on a school in Peshawar...Australia stands together with Pakistan in our determination to eradicate terrorism and the threat of violent extremism in the region and globally. Such attacks will only strengthen our resolve to combat and prevent terrorism. (more)

Australia links Bougainvilleans to key services

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced an expansion of Australia’s support for the maintenance of vital road infrastructure in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.  Australia assists the Autonomous Bougainville Government to maintain around 425 kilometres of its 600 kilometres main road network. About 80 per cent of Bougainville’s population of 300,000 people and schools and health facilities are located within seven kilometres of these roads.  (more)

Prime Minister Tony Abbott:  Flags at half-mast today

Early this morning, the Martin Place siege ended with the death of the lone gunman and tragically, the loss of two hostages – innocent Australians caught up in the horror of yesterday’s events in Sydney.  I have instructed that the Australian National Flag be flown at half-mast today at all Commonwealth Government buildings as a mark of respect and mourning for the innocent victims involved in the Martin Place siege.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased hostages, the wounded, and the other hostages. 

Robb confirms January start-date for Japan trade deal

The landmark Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) will enter into force on 15 January 2015, paving the way for Australian exporters to benefit from two rounds of tariff cuts in the first half of next year. ..  “JAEPA will deliver substantial benefits for the Australian economy, and the deal means that our exporters will benefit from an immediate round of tariff cuts by Japan on January 15, followed by a further round of cuts on the 1st of April 2015,” Mr Robb said.  (more)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Papua New Guinea
Transforming Papua New Guinea's Public Service

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the PNG Ministers for Public Service and for Higher Education, Sir Puka Temu and Mr Malakai Tabar, to establish a Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct in PNG, to support public sector education and training.  Australia is working in partnership with PNG on a comprehensive program of education and training to build the leadership qualities and skills of PNG officials.  An effective and ethical public sector is vital for PNG’s stability and prosperity. It will ensure services reach those in need and support them to participate fully in the economy. (more)

Australian-managed Ebola treatment centre begins operations in Sierra Leone

The Australian-managed Ebola Treatment Centre at Hastings Airfield, near Freetown in Sierra Leone, has commence operations... Patients will be referred to the Centre and in line with best practice it will commence operations with five beds. Operations will be gradually scaled up to full capacity at 100 beds under strict guidelines to ensure infection control procedures are working effectively and trained staff and safety practices are in place.  The Centre is currently staffed by the first cohort of Australian clinical staff, alongside trained Sierra Leonean personnel. (more)





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