Feature stories - January 2012

Trade Minister Craig Emerson taking part in a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

World Economic Forum

30 January 2012

Trade Minister Craig Emerson taking part in a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Media release: Trade Minister participates in World Economic Forum and Malaysia trade talks

Mr Rudd and his German counterpart Dr Westerwelle at a joint press conference in Berlin

Visit to Germany

25 January 2012

Mr Rudd and his German counterpart Dr Westerwelle at a joint press conference in Berlin.

Transcript: Joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

Op-ed: Australia Germany - Close Friends and Global Citizens - Looking Beyond 60

Australia and Germany - celebrating 60 years of formal diplomatic relations

Australian Journey Festival

25 January 2012

The Australian Journey Festival presents the first Indigenous visual arts exhibitions to tour to Havana, Cuba, from 26 January – 24 February 2012.

More information on the Australian Journey Festival

Gallery of works

Foreign Secretary William Hague and Kevin Rudd, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia sign a Memorandum of Co-operation on Information Sharing in London

AUKMIN 2012

24 January 2012

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith participated in the annual Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial consultations (AUKMIN) with their UK counterparts Foreign Secretary William Hague and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond in London.

Communiqué

Transcript of press conference

Media release: AUKMIN 2012

Western and South Australia lead export growth

24 January 2012

Newly released trade figures show that Western Australia's share of Australia's exports continues to grow, accounting for 40 per cent of the total.

Media release: Western and South Australia lead export growth

Publication: Australia's trade by state and territory 2010-11

Kevin Rudd speaking with Alain Juppé

Foreign Minister visit to Europe

20 January 2012

France and Australia have a rapidly expanding dialogue on major global issues.

Joint statement of strategic partnership between Australia and France

Press conference with French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Alain Juppé

Interview with Emily Bourke, ABC AM

Gillard in Minami

Prime Minister Gillard inspecting tsunami damage in Minami Sanrriku, Japan. Photo courtesy of AUSPIC.

Great East Japan Earthquake: economic and trade impact

16 January 2012

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 caused tremendous human suffering. However, the economic and trade impacts have been relatively short-term, with positive growth predicted for Japan in 2012.

Further information: Great East Japan Earthquake: economic and trade impact

Kevin Rudd speaks at media conference

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd & Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

9 January 2012

Mr Rudd visits Indonesia to discuss shared political, security, commercial, environmental, and cultural interests.

Meeting Australian students in Indonesia

Meeting with Australian Alumni

Photo gallery: Visit to Indonesia

Media conference transcript

Australia records its ninth consecutive trade surplus in November 2011

5 January 2012

Australia continued its strong trade performance in November last year, recording a $1.4 billion surplus. It was the ninth consecutive monthly trade surplus for Australia – a solid performance in the face of continuing global economic uncertainty.

Media release

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