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The Victorian state election will take place on Saturday 29th November 2014. 
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Australia secures strong support for UN policing

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop chaired the United Nations Security Council meeting which unanimously adopted an Australian resolution that will strengthen the effectiveness of police deployments in UN peacekeeping and political missions around the world. The resolution is a key initiative of Australia’s Presidency of the Security Council, and is the first time the Council has provided strategic guidance on the critical role that police play in peacekeeping missions and post-conflict peacebuilding. Australia’s resolution will improve standards, guidance and training for police deployments on UN Missions, while also recognising their role in protecting civilians and combatting organised crime and terrorism. (more)

Australia chairs high-level UNSC meeting on counter-terrorism

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  Today I chaired a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council on counter-terrorism, a key initiative of Australia’s November Presidency of the Council.  The meeting will build on the Council’s September Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and we took forward recent Council resolutions to step up international cooperation in the fight against ISIL and other terrorist organisations.  The Presidential Statement drafted by Australia and adopted by the UN Security Council today sets out practical steps for improving information sharing between States to prevent travel, recruitment and financing of terrorists. (more)

Foreign Minister renews UN terrorism listings

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has renewed Australia’s listings of five Iranian suspected terrorists for a further three years, effective from 16 November 2014.  Manssor Arbabsiar, Abdul Reza Shahlai, Ali Gholam Shakuri, Hamed Abdollahi and Qasem Soleimani have had their listings renewed. It remains an offence to use or deal with the assets of, or to make an asset available to, any of these individuals.  These listings implement Australia’s obligations under United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1373 (2001) to suppress the financing of terrorism. Further information is available in Annex A to this media release.  (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.  Building on trade deals already concluded with Korea and Japan, ChAFTA forms part of a powerful trifecta of agreements with Australia’s three largest export markets that account for more than 61 per cent of our exports of goods...On full implementation of ChAFTA, 95 per cent of Australian goods exports to China will be tariff free.  (more)

G20 plan exceeds 2 per cent growth as leaders commit to extra economic reforms

The combined growth strategies of G20 member nations presented at the Brisbane Leaders’ Summit will equate to 2.1 per cent new growth and inject an additional $2 trillion into the world economy and create millions of jobs. The Brisbane Action Plan contains close to 1,000 measures, including more than 800 new ones, which the IMF and OECD estimate will boost the collective GDP of G20 nations by 2.1 per cent by 2018. This is new growth, over and above business as usual trends...The benefits of that growth will be felt worldwide, not just in G20 member nations.   (more)

Australia-China MOU on Climate Change Cooperation

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  I have signed an Australia-China Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Climate Change Cooperation with Vice-Chair of the National Development and Reform Commission, Zhu Zhixin.  The MOU is an important signal of Australia’s constructive climate change engagement with the world’s biggest emitter and our number one trading partner.  Under the MOU, Australia and China will cooperate to deliver practical climate change outcomes, including through energy efficiency; technology cooperation; and improved emissions data reporting.  Australia’s climate change expertise is valued in China.  (more)

Solomon Islands election observation

Three members of the Australian Parliament will travel to Solomon Islands to observe its national elections on 19 November 2014.  Senator Linda Reynolds CSC will participate in the Commonwealth Observer Group to the 2014 Solomon Islands General Elections while Bert van Manen MP and Sharon Claydon MP will work with Australian observation teams.  Our Parliamentarians’ presence during the election week demonstrates the close relationship between Australia and Solomon Islands, and Australia’s commitment to supporting democracy and stability in our region.  (more)

Judy Watson detail of dead littoral

On exhibit...

Salt Water Country

“Salt Water Country explores the cultural connections between Queensland indigenous contemporary artists and their coastline. While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists are known for their connections to ‘country’, less understood are equally strong connections to the sea, water and the coastal edge.”  Featured artists include Judy Watson, Fiona Foley,Michael Cook, Rosella Namock, and Mavis Ngallametta.  (more)



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Australia is serving on the UN Security Council during 2013 and 2014

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Strengthening the relationship between Australia and the United States in Business, Innovation & Culture.> G'Day USA 2014

Membership of the G20 gives Australia the capacity to influence key policies relating to the global economy.

> Australia and the G20


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