Feature stories - April 2011
The Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative
30 April 2011
Kevin Rudd visited Berlin as part of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative. A joint statement was released by Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Foreign Minister visit to France – ANZAC Day 2011
25 April 2011
Australian Foreign Minister Mr Kevin Rudd visited and spoke at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France for the ANZAC Day Ceremony 2011.
Visit to South East Asia by Professor Ian Frazer
21 April 2011
DFAT is supporting Professor Ian Frazer, creator of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer and 2006 Australian of the Year, to conduct a science diplomacy tour of South East Asia from 25 April to 11 May 2011. He will visit Jakarta, Bangkok, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Manila.
Trade Minister visit to Indonesia
20 April 2011
Trade Minister Craig Emerson meeting with the Chair of Indonesian Parliamentary Commission VI, Mr Airlangga Hartarto in Jakarta.
Media release: Trade Minister visits Indonesia
Australia assists landmine victims in Vietnam and Laos
13 April 2011
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced $4 million over four years for the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Special Fund for the Disabled in Vietnam and other mine affected countries.
Media release: Australia assists landmine victims in Vietnam and Laos
Trading our way to more jobs and prosperity
12 April 2011
Trade Minister Craig Emerson has released his Trade Policy Statement, which puts the pursuit of free trade at the heart of the Gillard Government's economic reform program.
Media release: Gillard Government reforms Australia's trade policy
Gillard Government Trade Policy Statement: Trading our way to more jobs and prosperity
Australians helping Japan
7 April 2011
Foreign Minister Rudd has launched a new 'Australians helping Japan' website to guide the many Australians wanting to help Japan recover from the earthquake and tsunami.
Mr Rudd also used the launch to welcome DFAT's new twitter account: @dfat
Diplomatic Corps visit to Queensland
6 April 2011
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has visited Queensland with the Diplomatic Corps
Media release Diplomatic Corps visit to Queensland
Photo: Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and the Diplomatic Corps at the opening of the Diplomatic Corp visit to Queensland
Natural disasters take their toll on Australian exports
5 April 2011
Australia recorded a small trade deficit in February of $205 million, as exports fell by 2 per cent, to $22.8 billion, compared with January.
Media release: Natural disasters take their toll on Australian exports
More information: Australia's trade balance to February 2011