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The Victorian state election will take place on Saturday 29th November 2014. 
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White Ribbon Day: international day for elimination of violence against women

To mark White Ribbon Day, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja will host a regional dialogue in Fiji with business representatives, entrepreneurs and community organisations to discuss how violence against women impacts on the private sector and the response of business to this violence.  Violence against women is a domestic and global issue. In the Pacific, six out of ten surveyed women and girls have experienced violence by a family member or intimate partner. As well as having social and health consequences, violence can mean that women are often excluded from important leadership and economic opportunities.  (more)

Australia and UN Development Program delivering results for the region

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark on 24 November to discuss how Australia and the UNDP can further collaborate to reduce poverty, empower women and build stronger democratic institutions.  They also discussed the humanitarian toll being exacted by ISIL, the civil war in Syria and Iraq and what more the international community can do to assist, and the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Australia will provide more than $21 million to the UNDP this year to support its vital work around the world.  Ms Clark is the first female head of the UNDP and as a former Prime Minister of New Zealand, understands the development challenges in our neighbourhood.  (more)

Australia chairs UN Security Council Meeting on Ebola

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop chaired a recent meeting of the UN Security Council on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak has become much more than a health crisis, with serious humanitarian, economic and social consequences including rising food prices, closed schools and lost livelihoods. It also threatens political stability. In September, the Council recognised the extent of the outbreak as a threat to international peace and security and since that time has remained closely engaged on the international response efforts. (more)


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)

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.

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