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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: Well thank you very much Dr Chipman. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen. I thank you for the honour of inviting me to deliver this year's keynote address. As always, visiting Singapore is a great pleasure - indeed, Prime Minister, you and your fellow Singaporeans make all Australians feel at home here, none more so than our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter - born in 2015 and thus an SG50 baby. That 50 years of Singapore's independence has seen profound changes to our region, and profound contributions to the world from our region - one of which is this very meeting. The Shangri-La Dialogue has grown to become one of the world’s great strategic gatherings since you, John, established it fifteen years ago with the encouragement of the Australian historian Bob O’Neill and our former Defence Minister Robert Hill. Your reasoning was straightforward. You saw that the US-anchored rules-based order - the remarkable system where nations big and small agree to play by the rules and respect each other’s sovereignty - could not be taken for granted here in the Indo Pacific.... (more)
Foreign Minister Bishop has announced that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to support Afghan refugees in Pakistan, people returning to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries, and Afghan people who have been displaced by conflict. The United Nations estimates over 3.3 million Afghan people are currently displaced across Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, since January 2016 over 1.1 million people have returned to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries. Many returnees are in urgent need of assistance with resettlement and reintegration. Australia’s assistance of $15 million will provide vital protection services, healthcare and nutrition to Afghan refugees in Pakistan, people returning from neighbouring countries, people displaced by conflict and host communities in Pakistan. It will focus on protecting the most vulnerable, including women and children and people with disabilities.
US Secretary of State Tillerson and Foreign Minister Bishop announce four new Fulbright Professional Scholarships in recognition of the strong and enduring ties between our two countries. The Fulbright Australia-US Alliance Scholarsips are part of the 'First 100 years of Mateship campaign', marking a century of the Australia-US partnership. They are an investment in a relationship of vital importance to both countries and will further strengthen ties between our universities and scholars.
On 5 June, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Sydney for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations. AUSMIN 2017, the 27th AUSMIN meeting and the first under the Trump Administration, builds on the meeting between our leaders on May 4 in New York that demonstrated the continued closeness of the Australia-U.S. relationship. The strength and vitality of our Alliance is based on a shared commitment to freedom and democracy and has enduring importance in our respective national security, foreign and strategic policies.
The Turnbull Government reaffirms Australia's strong commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol. The Paris Agreement and the Doha Amendment, which together formalise Australia's 2030 and 2020 emissions reduction targets, were ratified by Australia on 10 November 2016. Australia is among more than 140 countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. Our 2030 target to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels is comparable with other advanced economies and will halve our per capita emissions. Australia has a strong track record on international emissions reduction targets. Australians can trust the Turnbull Government to pursue a course that boosts the economy while reducing emissions. The Turnbull Government is disappointed that the United States has notified that it will withdraw from this important international agreement.
Australians are taking on the United States - exporting their expertise to establish and grow businesses. There are more than 1500 Australian businesses in the United States, including more than 400 parent companies. Trade Minister Ciobo has released a landmark report, which sheds light on the significant impact Australian investors are making in the United States. The report, by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), is the first of its type; presenting a data-rich snapshot of Australia’s expansive investment footprint in this major market. The United States is both our number one source and destination for investment – with the two-way stock worth $1.45 trillion at the end of 2015. Since the Australia – United States Free Trade Agreement came into force in 2005, two-way investment stock has grown by 128 per cent. The report, Australia’s Investment Footprint in the US, is available on the Austrade website.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has launched a new policy framework, 'Development Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism', to guide the inclusion of countering violent extremism activities across Australia's aid program. The framework will ensure development assistance considers countering violent extremism in targeted and sensitive ways, including across education, civil society, governance, livelihoods, justice and the rule of law...The Australian Government has already increased our support to international efforts to target violent extremism, including providing $3 million to the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and $2.5 million to establish a Commonwealth Secretariat Counter-Violent Extremism unit...
If you have the skills, Australia has the lifestyle. If you like the idea of Australia's climate and lifestyle and are looking for a career challenge in a country with lots of opportunities—take the next step and find out more about Australia's skilled working visas. Your journey starts when you submit an expression of interest for a skilled visa through SkillSelect. By using SkillSelect the Australian Government could invite you to lodge a visa application or you could be nominated by an Australian or state and territory government. Find out what you need to do to complete your expression of interest through SkillSelect.