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The Embassy of Australia, located at 1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC, remains open for business while scaffolding is erected around the building. The scaffolding will remain in place for an indeterminate period.   We apologise for any inconvenience.  The new Embassy design will promote an enduring vision of a contemporary and innovative Australia, paying tribute to the Australian landscape. The design includes an expansive glass atrium in the centre of the building, a large open public space looking back towards the White House, with an exhibition gallery.


Prime Minister Turnbull : May 4 meeting with US President Donald Trump

I’m delighted to travel to the United States next month to meet with President Donald J Trump and to attend the 75th Battle of the Coral Sea commemorations in New York, hosted by the America-Australia Association (AAA).  Australia and the United States are enduring allies. Our alliance has been forged over many decades, through times of war and times of peace, securing our nations’ freedom and peace and security in the world.  Next year will be one hundred years since Australian and American troops first fought side by side at the Battle of Hamel.  In the century since, our nations have become the closest allies, partners and friends united by shared democratic values and millions of people to people links.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, where Australian and American forces turned back the Japanese invasion fleet.  To commemorate this pivotal moment in our shared history, the AAA will host a celebration of our great alliance on the aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid. Also known as the Fighting 1, the Intrepid survived torpedo and kamikaze attacks during WWII. Now a museum on the banks of the Hudson River, it stands testimony to the bravery of US and Allied Forces.  The commemoration will honour all our veterans, including veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea, and celebrate the ‘First 100 Years of Mateship’ between the United States and Australia, which has seen us fight side by side in every major military conflict since WWI.  Australia and the United States share the values of democracy, the rule of law and a commitment to peace, prosperity and security. Our forces continue to serve together in defence of those values in the Middle East where I have visited our troops and discussed the future of the region with US commanders and Defence Secretary James Mattis.  My meeting with President Trump will provide an opportunity to reaffirm our alliance and the United States’ engagement with the Asia-Pacific. It closely follows my visit to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and comes at a time when our region faces a serious threat from a reckless and dangerous regime in North Korea.  I look forward to discussing these and many other issues with President Trump in New York on 4 May.

Suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria

The Australian Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the chemical weapons attack against civilians, including children, at Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province, Syria on 4 April 2017.  The use of chemical weapons is illegal and abhorrent.  While the full facts are still to be determined, if the Assad regime is responsible for this attack those who approved and deployed these weapons must be held accountable.

North Korean Ballistic Missile Launch

Australia condemns North Korea's most recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea is again acting in total disregard of regional and global security. Today's launch is another clear breach of its international obligations.  North Korea's long term interest would be best served by it ceasing its nuclear and missiles programs and engaging positively with the international community.  Australia continues to work closely with its friends and partners in the region to address the threats posed by North Korea. We strongly support UN Security Council Sanctions and are working to expand our own autonomous measures

Supporting gender equality in developing countries

Foreign Minister Bishop and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Fierravanti-Wells have announced that six Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) will receive Gender Action Platform (GAP) grants totalling $10 million to promote the rights of women and girls in 12 developing countries.   Grants are awarded to innovative projects that work to increase women's economic opportunities, improve women's participation in leadership, and reduce gender-based violence, in accordance with national laws....

Countering violent extremism through Australian aid

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...

Expanding sanctions against North Korea

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, is proposing new and expanded autonomous sanctions in response to North Korea’s reckless and dangerous nuclear and ballistic missile programs.  The Australian Government joined the international community in condemning North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test on 12 February 2017. It followed an unprecedented rate of provocations in 2016 including two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile tests...

The Foreign Minister’s keynote address at the G’Day USA Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Australia’s Foreign Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP underlined the importance of the US-Australian alliance in tackling challenges in the Indo-Pacific region at the G’Day USA Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in Los Angeles  26 January.  Key points include emerging security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, regional trade dynamics and the importance of the US-Australia alliance:  “Happy Australia Day. How fitting it is, if you have to be outside the country, to celebrate our national day here in Los Angeles, for there are few nations that enjoy a closer relationship than that between Australia and the United States. We are allies, partners, collaborators and most importantly friends - we like each other - a lot.  We share fundamental values that underpin a corresponding world view and a similar brand of pragmatic optimism. There's a natural affinity. We benefit from a high level of mutual trust, built up over decades of close cooperation” …


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