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Visit to Iraq

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  On 18-19 October I visited Iraq to demonstrate Australia’s strong support for the Iraqi people in combating ISIL. This terrorist organisation is a major threat to the security of Iraq, the Middle East region and the international community.  In my meetings with the Prime Minister Al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Al-Ja’afari, President Masoum, and Council of Representatives Speaker Al-Jabouri, I reiterated Australia’s commitment to provide military assistance to the Iraqi Government.  I also finalised legal arrangements for the deployment of Australian Special Forces to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces. (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)

Treasurer Joe Hockey with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and world finance leaders at the launch of the World Bank Global Infrastructure Facility in Washington DC.
G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting Washington, DC

We have just completed the final working session of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors under Australia’s Presidency. We have spoken a lot about economic challenges. While some key economies are recovering, others face renewed weakness. But we have emerged with optimism. We are determined to achieve outcomes that will strengthen the recovery as we head to the Brisbane Leaders’ summit in November...We have agreed to a Global Infrastructure Initiative, comprising a multi-year set of actions to increase the quality and quantity of infrastructure across the G20 and beyond. (more)

Warning to Australian travellers of kidnapping risk

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  I urge Australians to carefully consider their need to travel to locations where there is a high threat of kidnapping.  The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reissued its kidnapping threat bulletin on locations around the world where there is a serious risk of kidnappings.  The ‘Kidnapping Threat Worldwide’ Bulletin identifies Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, eastern Malaysia (Sabah), southern Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and parts of North and West Africa as being areas of particular concern. It also advises Australian travellers that some recent kidnappings have been ideologically motivated, resulting in hostages being killed for propaganda purposes.  Journalists and humanitarian workers are especially at risk owing to the nature of their work.  I reiterate the Government’s long-standing policy to not make payments or concessions to kidnappers so as not to increase the risk to other Australians of further kidnappings. (more)

Minister for Defence – Australia, China and the United States start first trilateral land exercise

Defence cooperation between Australia, China and the United States will be highlighted during Exercise KOWARI 14, which has commenced in the Northern Territory.  Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston said the inaugural environmental survival training exercise between the three countries will be based out of Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin, with field training and survival tests in remote inland and coastal areas.  “Exercise KOWARI 14 will provide participants with an understanding of the basic principles, procedures, techniques and equipment that can enhance survival prospects in the harsh Australian environment,” he said.  “The exercise demonstrates the willingness of Australia, China and the United States to work together in practical ways.” (more)

Robb to host TPP Trade Ministers’ meeting

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will host a three-day meeting of his counterparts from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) in Sydney from 25 October 2014.  Ministers will work to progress negotiations with an eye to concluding the basic elements of the agreement before the end of the year. "After more than four years of intense negotiations the conclusion of the world’s largest regional trade agreement is within reach," Mr Robb said.  The Ministers will address key outstanding issues in the negotiations, including agricultural market access, intellectual property and the disciplines on state-owned enterprises. (more)

Australia provides further assistance to fight Ebola

Australia will provide an additional $10 million to the international response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.  This will bring Australia’s total contribution to the Ebola response to $18 million and is in addition to the more than $40 million provided to the World Health Organisation over the past year to support global health activities.  Australia shares the international community’s deep concern over the Ebola outbreak, and is responding to the United Nation’s call for immediate funds through a newly established UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF).  (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.

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