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Anzac Day in Flanders 2015
The Australian Embassy, in collaboration with local municipalities and the New Zealand Embassy, is again organising a program of commemorations in Belgium on ANZAC Day. The day's program starts at 6am with the Dawn Service at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood. Services then follow at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Menin Gate in Ieper/Ypres and Toronto Avenue Cemetery in Ploegsteert. There is also Australian participation during the nightly Last Post Association ceremonies at Menin Gate on the 24th and 25th April. Our Commemorations page contains more information including on What to expect and how to prepare and Traffic and access arrangements
innovationXchange - Australia’s new aid paradigm
Foreign Minister Bishop on 23rd March launched innovationXchange, an Australian Government initiative to revolutionise the delivery and effectiveness of Australia’s aid program. The A$140 million project, the next phase of the Australian Government’s new aid paradigm, will mainstream innovation throughout the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Read more
Australia celebrated Harmony Day on 21st March
Australia celebrated Harmony Day on 21 March. The day is timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The message of Harmony Day is that everyone belongs. It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. Read more
Australia marks International Women’s Day
Ambassador Higgie is pictured with Ambassador Schuurman after having hosted an International Women’s Day lunch.
Australia marked International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8th March and the days leading up to it with a variety of events and activities. In 2015, Australia used IWD to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a publication Empowering Women – Australia’s support for gender equality and the empowerment of women and Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, penned an opinion piece and put her message about IWD on-line . Here in Brussels Ambassador Higgie hosted an International Women’s Day lunch on 5th March with the guest of honour Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.
Australia’s exports continue to expand
New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows Australian goods and services exports rose by 1.3 per cent in January 2015 compared to the previous month (seasonally adjusted terms). The rise in exports follows a 1.2 per cent rise in the December 2014 quarter, which helped net exports contribute 0.7 percentage points to GDP growth in that quarter. Read more
New Business Envoy launched
The first edition of Business Envoy – a publication that shares market insights from DFAT’s global diplomatic network – was launched today on the DFAT website. Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said that “the bi-monthly Business Envoy will better inform Australian business on the economic and market implications of geopolitical events and trends”.
Australia and Iraq confirm shared commitment to combating Daesh
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, HE Dr Ibrahim Al-Ja’afari, in Canberra on 12 February to discuss bilateral relations and reaffirm our shared commitment to combating the terrorist threat of Daesh (also known as ISIL). Read more
Ambassador Higgie speaks in the European Parliament to the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand
Ambassador Higgie (centre) delivering his speech to members of DANZ
Ambassador Higgie gave a speech highlighting core elements of the relationship between Australia and the European Union before the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ) at the European Parliament on 26 February. In his remarks, the Ambassador underlined the broad scope of existing cooperation between Australia and the EU, including on development, terrorism and trade. He also emphasised the potential for future cooperation on trade and security.
Chasing the future on Australia Day
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has welcomed an international campaign promoting the achievements of young Australians and the power of the nation’s education system to shape a career. Culminating on 26 January 2015, Australia Day, the Future Chasers: Australian Experiences, Global Impact campaign profiles 19 young decision-makers helping to define the next generation’s success and influence. Read more
First Ebola survivor discharged from Australian-managed Ebola clinic
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced on 6 January that the first patient successfully treated at the Australian-funded Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone has been discharged with a clean bill of health. Eleven year old Aminata Bangura was collected from the clinic by family members last week, having fully recovered from Ebola. Tragically, Aminata has lost several of her family members to the deadly disease. Her father paid tribute to the dedication of Australian and New Zealand clinic staff, who are working to put an end to this epidemic. Read 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. Read more
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