Embassy of Australia
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United Nations

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  From 19 to 23 September I will be in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly Leaders’ Week as well as Security Council meetings on Iraq and on the MH17 investigation. I will discuss continuing threats to global peace and security, for the overall focus of my visit will be to foster cooperative, international action against these threats among United Nations member states.  On 19 September I will deliver a statement on Iraq to the UNSC confirmingAustralia’s support for the international community’s condemnation of the terrorist groups ISIL, the Al-Nusrah Front and others.  (more)

Fiji elections

I congratulate Fiji for holding elections on 17 September, the first elections since 2006. This was a historic day for the people of Fiji.  Based on provisional results, the FijiFirst Party is on track to win a majority of seats in Fiji’s Parliament. Australia looks forward to working with the new Fiji Government when it is formed.  (more)

Further assistance to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The Australian Government will immediately provide a further $7 million to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We share the international community’s deep concern over the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.  Health systems in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are under severe strain, and the United Nations assesses that these countries are facing a humanitarian emergency.  (more)

Australian Defence Force contribution to international coalition against ISIL

The Government is preparing to contribute to an international coalition to counter the ISIL terrorist threat.  The Australian Defence Force will prepare and deploy to the United Arab Emirates up to eight Royal Australian Air Force F/A18 combat aircraft; an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft; and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker and Transport aircraft.  In addition, the Australian Defence Force will prepare a Special Operations Task Group as military advisers that could assist Iraqi and other security forces that are taking the fight to the ISIL terrorists.  Australia will place Australian Defence Force personnel in the United States Headquarters to ensure close coordination with our alliance partner and to support planning and logistics.  We are not deploying combat troops but contributing to international efforts to prevent the humanitarian crisis from deepening. (more)

Chemical weapons used in Syria

The latest report by the Fact-Finding Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirms that a toxic chemical was used as a weapon, systemically and repeatedly, in Syria. The Australian Government is deeply disturbed by these findings. Australia joins with our international partners in condemning the Syrian regime’s brutality towards its own citizens, and its disregard for international disarmament and international humanitarian and human rights law.  (more)

Prime Minister to attend UN Security Council meeting

Prime Minister Tony Abbott: I will visit New York on 24 and 25 September to participate in a high-level meeting of the United Nations Security Council convened by US President Obama to address the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. Combating the threat posed by foreign fighters – including some 60 Australians – who have joined ISIL and other terrorist groups to fight in Iraq and Syria is one of the government’s highest national security priorities. (more)

Cracking down on terrorism financing

The Government is determined to detect and disrupt terrorism financing in Australia and take action against people who provide support to terrorist organisations. As part of the Government’s $630 million counter-terrorism package, $20 million has been provided to AUSTRAC to improve detection and disruption of terrorism financing. (more)

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On Exhibit...
Portrait Artists Australia
The Embassy of Australia and Portrait Artists Australia present a selected exhibition of 23 Australian portraits by member artists.The exhibition includes a wide range of subjects and celebrates Australia’s rich cultural diversity. The selected paintings were winners or finalists in various Australian portrait prizes, including the Archibald Prize, Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and the Portia Geach Memorial Award.  (more)



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