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Helping the region to address irregular migration

The Australian Government welcomes Thailand’s initiative in hosting the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean in Bangkok.  The meeting has been called to highlight the importance of a regional response to tackle this issue. Addressing the root causes of people smuggling is critical to finding an effective regional solution.  Australia is a major donor to Burma and Bangladesh, supporting economic development that will reduce the motivation for people to risk their lives at sea.  Today we announce an additional $5 million in humanitarian assistance to Burma’s Rakhine State and the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh building on the $6 million for humanitarian assistance to Burma announced last week.  It brings Australia’s total humanitarian assistance to Burma to over $20 million since 2014.  (more)

Disability-inclusive development strategy launched

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  I am pleased to announce the launch of Australia’s new strategy within our aid program to strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries.  The strategy recognises that everyone is affected if the most disadvantaged people are left behind, and acknowledges that people with disabilities make up one of the largest and most disadvantaged minorities in the world.  Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program will support people with disabilities in developing countries to find pathways out of poverty and realise their potential. (more)

Supporting Nepal's Long-Term Recovery

The Australian Government will provide additional support to help the people of Nepal recover from the devastating earthquake. Our thoughts continue to be with the millions of people affected by this tragic event.  Funding of an additional $10 million will provide critical assistance to help people rebuild their lives. It will support:  women and vulnerable communities to establish small businesses and generate income; vulnerable children to go back to school, with a focus on girls and children with disability; and rebuilding better and safer education infrastructure with advice from Australian engineering experts.  (more)

Exports to key markets increase in March

New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows that in March 2015, Australia’s merchandise exports increased strongly to a number of our key trading partners compared to a year ago.  Exports to ASEAN were up 27 per cent to $2.9 billion. Exports to the United States rose 19.5 per cent to $1.2 billion, to New Zealand 12.9 per cent to $707 million and to India 44.7 per cent to $896 million.  Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said the government was focused on diversifying opportunities for Australian exporters in major markets.  “After concluding landmark Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Japan and China we are now working to conclude an agreement with India where there are strong prospects for growth across goods, services and investment,” Mr Robb said.  (more)

Houston Consulate-General open for business

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today announced the Australian Consulate-General in Houston, Texas is open for business.  Operated by Austrade, the consulate will seek major trade opportunities for Australian companies and foster closer education and research links.  “Our Houston consulate will promote Australia to United States companies as a first-choice destination for investment, particularly in the national priority sectors of resources and energy, agribusiness and advanced manufacturing services and technology,” Mr Robb said.

Australia to contribute to the building partner capacity mission in Iraq

The Government has confirmed that Australia will commit a military force to the international Building Partner Capacity (BPC) training mission in Iraq.  The force will involve about 300 ADF personnel, drawn largely from the Army’s 7th Brigade, based in Brisbane. They will work as part of a combined Task Group alongside about 100 personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force.  The mission of the Australian and New Zealand trainers will be to help the Iraqi Government to prepare sufficient forces to maintain the momentum of the counter-attack against ISIL, or Daesh, and regain control of its territory. (more)

Currently exhibiting at the embassy ...
A Centenary of Australian War Art

An ANZAC Centenary Exhibition - A Centenary of Australian War Art - consists of 41 artworks from the Australian War Memorial depicting Australian military experience from the First World War to Afghanistan. It is the most comprehensive exhibition of official Australian war art ever seen outside Australia.

Conflicts depicted include both World Wars, as well as Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. Peacekeeping missions in East Timor and the Solomon Islands are also represented. The exhibition features Australia’s best known war artists, including George Lambert and Arthur Streeton.

These works highlight the crucial role Australians have played in some of the most defining moments in modern history, as well as the terrible losses and hardships endured by Australians in war over the past century.

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