Feature stories - June 2011

Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

29 June 2011

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs visited the Solomon Islands to represent Australia at the annual Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Ministerial Standing Committee on RAMSI.

Media release: Australia supports education in Solomon Islands

Media release: Regional talks welcome RAMSI's progress

Transcript of media conference

Composition of Trade Australia - 2010

29 June 2011

China's total trade grew 23.6 per cent to $105.3 billion for the first time according to a DFAT publication, the Composition of Trade, released today.

Publication: Composition of Trade Australia - 2010

Media release: Trade with China Hits $100 billion

Australia-China 2.0 Trade Mission

24 June 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Trade Minister Dr Craig Emerson will be visiting China in August for the Australia-China 2.0 Trade Mission. The mission is designed to help Australia's businesses expand their links with China's booming regional or second-tier cities.

Joint media release: Australia-China 2.0 Trade mission


Record trade surplus

22 June 2011

Australia achieved a record trade surplus of $16.8 billion in 2010. The figures show a turnaround of $20.8 billion from the deficit of $4 billion recorded in 2009. Total exports rose 13.9 per cent to $284.6 billion while imports rose 5.4 per cent to $267.8 billion.

Media release: Australia's Trade in Primary and Manufactured products 2010 - record trade surplus

Publication: Trade in Primary and Manufactured products

Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation Conference

12 June 2011

Foreign Minister Rudd spoke at the GAVI Conference in London. He said Australia would invest an additional $140 million from 2011 to 2013 to ensure over seven million children will receive life saving vaccines

Media release: Saving lives with a simple vaccination

Speech: For the children of the world: survive past five

3rd Contact Group Meeting on Libya

9 June 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd visited Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, for the 3rd Contact Group Meeting on Libya.

Transcript of Press Conference – Contact Group Meeting on Libya

Statement at the 3rd Contact Group Meeting on Libya

Foreign Minister attends Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Hungary

6 June 2011

“The theme of this year's meeting is non-traditional security challenges. This covers issues such as energy and food security, disaster response and management, and counter-terrorism. These issues are all front and centre for Australia,” Mr Rudd said.

Transcript of doorstop: ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting

3rd China Trade in Services Congress

1 June 2011

Trade Minister Emerson attended and spoke at the opening of the 3rd Trade in Services Congress, Beijing, China.

Photo: (L-R) Trade Minister Emerson, Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong, Chinese Minister for Commerce Chen Deming, Korean Minister for Knowledge Economy Choi Joong-kyung

Address to the Third China Trade in Services Congress

Australia's foreign policy priorities and our candidature for the UN Security Council

1 June 2011

“The business of Australian foreign policy is to advance Australia's national interests — and to do so in a manner consistent with Australian values.“

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's speech to the National Press Club, Canberra

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