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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
Visit to Fiji

Today marks the start of a new era in the relationship between Australia and Fiji, and a significant step toward the fulfilment of the Australian Government’s election commitment to normalise relations with this important Pacific neighbour.  As I depart for a two-day visit to Fiji, the first by any Foreign Minister since the elections in September, I announce the Australian Government has lifted all remaining sanctions against Fiji. My visit demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to taking our relationship with Fiji into a new era of partnership and prosperity.  (more)

Additional support for life-saving vaccines

The Australian Government will provide an additional $50 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, our key global partner in delivering vaccines to children in developing countries.  The $50 million pledge for this year brings Australia’s commitment to Gavi to $250 million over five years.  Australia’s support for Gavi helps save millions of lives in the world’s poorest countries by providing vaccines to combat preventable diseases. Since 2000, Gavi vaccines have immunised 440 million children in developing countries, giving them a healthy start in life. (more)

Increasing women’s participation in preventing conflict and building peace

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, will represent Australia at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York. Ambassador Stott Despoja’s participation builds on Australia’s strong advocacy of the United Nations’ women, peace and security agenda.  Australia welcomes the Security Council’s emphasis at this year’s Open Debate on the unique challenges faced by women and girls who are displaced by conflict.  (more)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministerial Meeting in Sydney, 27 October.
Statement of the Ministers and Heads of Delegation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries

We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegation for Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam have completed our three-day ministerial meeting to lay the groundwork for the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. Our meeting followed a week of discussions at officials’ level in Canberra, from 19-24 October 2014.  We are pleased to report that, over the past weeks, we have made significant progress on both component parts of the TPP Agreement: the market access negotiations and negotiations on the trade and investment rules, which will define, shape and integrate the TPP region once the agreement comes into force. (more)



Australian, Chinese and United States military personnel watch as Aboriginal women from the Daly River region cook bush tucker in remote Northern Territory bushland as part of Exercise Kowari 2014.

Minister for Defence – Exercise KOWARI breaking new ground

Exercise KOWARI, the first land-based trilateral military exercise between Australia, China and the United States has concluded, marking an important milestone in defence cooperation between the three countries.  Based out of Darwin, the exercise involved 10 participants from each country.  The exercise included field training and survival tests in remote inland and coastal areas designed to provide participants with an understanding of the basic principles, procedures, techniques and equipment that can enhance survival prospects in a harsh Australian environment.  Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston said Exercise KOWARI provided a template for regional defence cooperation into the future...“The exercise is an example of how Australia’s alliance with the United States enhances the ability of both of our countries to cooperate meaningfully with countries in the Asia-Pacific.”  (more)

Further humanitarian assistance to Iraq and Syria

Australia will provide an additional $15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists.  An estimated 16 million people inside Iraq and Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of whom have been forced to flee their homes in the face of the onslaught of ISIL or Da’esh...Australian funding will provide shelter, food and medical assistance. In Iraq Australia will provide $10 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Food Programme and Plan International Australia.  (more)

United Nations World Food Day

The Australian Government today announces the launch of an agricultural research and development project in partnership with the Swiss-based Syngenta Foundation to mark World Food Day.  This year’s WFD theme is Family Farming – “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” and aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. The Australia/Swiss project will ensure new crop varieties better meet the needs of African smallholders and their customers. (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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