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Visit to the Netherlands and Ukraine

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will travel to Ukraine with the Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans to meet with the Ukraine leadership in Kyiv to discuss the means of implementing the UN Security Council Resolution to secure the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.  Australia’s Special Envoy Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston will provide us with briefings on Australia’s support operations and we will meet the Australian Government inter-agency team responsible for Operation Bring Them Home.  The Australian Government is determined to establish the facts and obtain justice for the victims and their families. (more)

UN Security Council resolution on the downing of flight MH17

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the armed separatist groups controlling the MH17 crash site to allow unfettered access to international investigators.  Australia played a lead role, authoring the resolution which was adopted in New York on July 21 (July 22 Australian time).  It calls on the separatists to ensure the bodies of the 298 victims – including 28 Australians and nine Australian permanent residents – are treated with the utmost dignity and respect and returned to their grieving families. (more)

Condolence​s for MH17 victims, families and AIDS 2014 delegates

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, offer condolences to MH17 victims, their families and the delegates to the International AIDS Conference, which begins in Melbourne on Sunday, 20 July.  "Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of all those on board,” Minister Bishop said. "This is a terrible tragedy. Whilst we cannot be certain of exact details yet, it appears that a number of people on board the plane were on their way to the International AIDS Conference.  We acknowledge that this will be a great loss to the international community working to eliminate HIV/AIDS. Even as we mourn the loss of those on MH17, we recognise the importance of coming together to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.”  (more)

Australia condemns rejection of Gaza ceasefire

The Australian Government strongly condemns the decision of Hamas to reject a ceasefire to hostilities between Israel and extremist groups in Gaza.  Hamas claims to represent Gaza, yet it has jeopardised the welfare of its own people by rejecting the proposal for a ceasefire.  The Israeli Government demonstrated leadership by accepting the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire proposal.  I acknowledge the support of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the ceasefire and his call for all Palestinian factions to accept it, in order to stop the bloodshed and protect the interests of the Palestinian people. (more)

Australia launches Global Trade Facility

The Australian Government will provide $60 million over four years to help developing countries participate in international trade and boost global economic growth.  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the new Global Trade Integration Facility will make an important contribution to Australia’s aid-for-trade efforts by fostering an environment that supports opportunities for poor and disadvantaged nations, creates jobs and builds livelihoods.  “One of our first investments is a $6 million contribution to the World Bank’s Trade Facilitation Support Program to help developing countries undertake reforms that make trading easier,” Minister Bishop said. (more)


Members of the Solomon Islands Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) march in support of female rights during International Women’s Day in Honiara

Increasing women's leadership in the Pacific

The Australian Government considers women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, and enhancing women’s leadership opportunities in the Pacific a foreign policy priority.  As part of our efforts, I am delighted to announce Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, will host a dialogue for Pacific women political leaders and policy makers in the Pacific in Tonga on 18 July 2014.  The dialogue brings together more than 30 Pacific women political leaders and senior women in government to discuss strategies to overcome barriers to women’s leadership, and to work together to improve the lives of women in the Pacific. (more)

Robb to lead G20 investment forum

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will promote the Australian government’s strong pro-investment agenda to some of the world’s leading CEOs later this week in Sydney.  Mr Robb will chair the Australian Investment Forum, to be held on Saturday 19 July, following the B20 Summit of business leaders on 16-18 July and prior to the G20 meeting of Trade Ministers.  Leading executives from the US, UK, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Europe and the Middle East will attend the Forum, organised by Austrade to bring together companies with significant existing or potential investments in Australia. (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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