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A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Canning in Western Australia will be held on Saturday 19 September 2015. (more information on voting)
Arms Trade Treaty - 1st Conference of States Parties

The Australian Government has renewed its support for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), to enable better regulation of the arms trade and reduce the risk of diversion of weapons to terrorist and criminal groups.  Australia played a lead role in establishing the ATT through the United Nations, the first legally-binding instrument to establish common standards for the international transfer of conventional arms.  This week in Cancun, Mexico, the 69 states parties to the ATT will meet formally for the first time to agree on the rules under which the treaty will operate. Another 61 states who have signed the treaty and are in the process of ratification or accession will also take part, along with NGOs and industry representatives. (more)

Australian Indigenous Peoples Strategy

Today we announce Australia’s first ever strategy for advancing the interests of the world’s indigenous peoples.  This new strategy provides a framework for Australia to work with our international partners and the United Nations to influence international policy to advance the interests of indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world.  "Australia has a leadership role to play in shaping the international agenda on indigenous issues," ... The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August celebrates the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world and their contribution to society. It also recognises the need for more support for indigenous economic empowerment.  (more)

Humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

The Australian Government will provide a package of support to Myanmar as it responds to the flooding and landslides following Cyclone Komen and heavy monsoonal rains.  This support responds to a request from the Government of Myanmar. Australia will provide $2 million toward the relief efforts. We are working with the Myanmar Government and humanitarian partners to determine how funding will be allocated.  Existing Australian funding to development and humanitarian partners in Myanmar is also being used to support the relief efforts. Australia is a key donor to the UN’s Emergency Response Fund for Burma and the Central Emergency Response Fund, both of which are releasing funds to support the response. (more)


Australian trade continues to grow

Australia’s trade in goods and services grew 2.4 per cent to $664 billion last year. This analysis, released today in the Composition of Trade, Australia 2014 report, shows that Australian businesses are trading more, creating jobs and driving growth. China was Australia's top trading partner last year, with two-way trade valued at $152.9 billion, or 23 per cent of total trade. Japan was our second largest trading partner at $70.3 billion, followed by the United States at $60.4 billion.  (more)

MH17 Tribunal: statement after the vote :  United Nations Security Council29 July 2015

Mr President,  39 Australians were among the 298 men, women and children whose lives were tragically taken when MH17 was brought down over eastern Ukraine just over 12 months ago...It is vital for them that those responsible for the deaths of their cherished ones are held to account for those actions. Together with the Netherlands, Malaysia, Ukraine and Belgium, Australia requested that the Security Council establish an independent, international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17... I make this pledge to the families and friends of those aboard MH17. Australia will continue to do everything we can to ensure the perpetrators of this barbaric act are held to account. While we have found the Security Council’s door closed today, we have also found that the commitment to justice in the international community is strong...In defiance of today’s veto, we will ensure that Resolution 2166’s demand for accountability and the cooperation of all States is implemented in full. (full statement)

Iran nuclear deal

The Australian Government welcomes the progress made towards addressing international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement reached between the Security Council’s permanent members plus Germany (the P5+1) and Iran should freeze key elements of Iran’s nuclear program for 10 to 15 years. International inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will monitor Iran’s nuclear program at every stage.  The success of the deal will depend on Iran’s compliance with its terms and those of the parallel agreement with the IAEA. Iran must fully abide by its undertakings. We look to all parties to cooperate to ensure implementation of these agreements.  (more)

10 years of Australian businesses making use of AUSFTA

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has welcomed the opening of the Building our Future Prosperity conference in Sydney today, marking the 10th anniversary of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).  AUSFTA has proven its value to Australian businesses in the ten years since its entry into force.  “The business community has experienced much lower tariffs on our exports to the United States thanks to the agreement, and I encourage Australian exporters to continue maximising the opportunities it provides,” Mr Robb said.  Two-way trade in goods and services between Australia and the United States has increased from $41 billion in 2004, the year prior to AUSFTA’s entry into force, to more than $60 billion in 2014.  (more)



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