Feature stories - March 2012

2012 Yeosu Expo - Goodwill Ambassadors announced

29 March 2012

The Australian Government today confirmed Australia's participation in 2012 Yeosu Expo, announcing Ian Thorpe and Yeojin Bae as Australian Pavilion Goodwill Ambassadors.

Media release: Australia to participate in 2012 Yeosu Expo and announce Ian Thorpe and Yeojin Bae as Goodwill Ambassadors

Visit to Siem Reap

26 March 2012

Australia's aid to Cambodia is helping save the Angkor World Heritage site and eliminate blindness from the country, the Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on his first overseas visit since being sworn in as Foreign Minister.

Media release: Visit to Siem Reap

Photo: Senator Bob Carr greets Cambodian Minister for Health, H.E. Mam Bunheng, at the Siem Reap Regional Eye Hospital.

Australia's trade performance 1990-91 to 2010-11

21 March 2012

Over the past 20 years Australia's total trade in goods & services has more than quadrupled, driven by our trade with Asian economies. This article examines how the composition and direction of trade has changed over 20 years, looking at imports, exports, trading partners and the impact on trade from the Global Financial Crisis.

Article: Australia's trade performance 1990-91 to 2010-11

Consulate-General in Chengdu

20 March 2012

The Government intends to open a Consulate-General in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan Province.

The announcement comes as Australia and the People's Republic of China celebrate this year their 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Media release: Opening of new Consulate-General in Chengdu

Photo: Ren Nan Overpass in Chengdu. Photo by Jinyufz/Wikipedia

Australia-Indonesia 2+2

15 March 2012

This first meeting of Australian and Indonesian Foreign and Defence Ministers is a milestone in the development of the comprehensive and strategic partnership between our two countries.

Media release: Historic Australia-Indonesia Foreign and Defence Ministers' ("2+2") Meeting

Communiqué: Australia Indonesia Inaugural 2+2 Dialogue

Joint Press Conference

Senator Bob Carr sworn in

13 March 2012

Senator Bob Carr was today sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

Transcript: Doorstop interview

South East Asia Working Group of the Global Counterterrorism Forum launched

13 March 2012

Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, Bill Paterson, jointly launched the South East Asia Working Group of the Global Counterterrorism Forum with his Indonesian counterparts at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) in Semarang, Indonesia, on 6 March.

Further information

Aussie Rules Kicking Goals in PNG

10 March 2012

Parliamentary Secretary Richard Marles and Australian High Commissioner Ian Kemish "pull on their boots" at the Australia Week 2012 AFL Showcase in PNG

Media release: Aussie Rules Kicking Goals in PNG

Mr Ian Kemish, Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea and Parliamentary Secretary Marles with Veari Maha, First Secretary to the PNG Minister for Foreign Affairs & Immigration who captained the 'Maha Maulers'.

Supporting a better future for women in PNG

8 March 2012

Speaking to a gathering of women leaders at an International Women's Day Breakfast in Papua New Guinea, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, said Education is the key to helping women and girls escape poverty.

Media release: Supporting a better future for women in PNG

International Women's Day

8 March 2012

International Women's Day is held on 8 March every year to celebrate the achievements of women around the world

Advocacy for women and girls in the Pacific is a priority for Australia.

Message from Penny Williams, Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls

Media release: Visit to Fiji by Global Ambassador for Women and Girls

Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls

Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

7 March 2012

The Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Dr Craig Emerson, welcomes negotiators and stakeholders to Melbourne for the 11th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiations

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs by Governor-General Quentin Bryce

Richard Marles sworn in

5 March 2012

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

Parliamentary Secretary Marles' website

Trade Minister and Acting Foreign Minister Craig Emerson and Mr Shalom Simhon, Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour

Developing the trade and investment relationship between Australia and Israel

1 March 2012

Trade Minister and Acting Foreign Minister Craig Emerson met with Mr Shalom Simhon, Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour, in Canberra this week to discuss how to develop the trade and investment relationship between Australia and Israel.

Trade in Services Australia 2010-11

Australia trades $108 billion in services in 2010-11

1 March 2012

Australia's total trade in services grew by 2.4 per cent last year to $107.9 billion.

Media release Australia trades $108 billion in services in 2010-11

Publication: Trade in Services Australia 2010-11