Latest news from November 2013

Australia assisting Palau's recovery from Typhoon Haiyan

29 November 2013

Australia is helping Palau recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which caused extensive damage to homes, schools, the hospital, and water and power services.

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World AIDS Day: Australia's response to the HIV epidemic

29 November 2013

December 1 is World AIDS Day—this year marked in Australia by the launch of the 20th International HIV/AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), which will be held in Melbourne in July next year.

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Foreign Minister meets Sri Lankan Australia Awards recipients in Colombo

29 November 2013

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently met with 15 Sri Lankan Australia Awards Scholarship recipients at a reception in Colombo where she congratulated them on their contributions to the development of Sri Lanka since returning from Australia.

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop presents Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with a photograph of their meeting in 1995

Visit by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

28 November 2013

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting Australia as a guest of the Australian Government from 27 November to 2 December, and is being hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop.

In Australia she will meet Australian Government parliamentarians at community events in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and attend key events for World AIDS Day in Melbourne on 30 November and 1 December.

Photo gallery: Meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, November 2013

Picture of Natalie Hensby's passport photo

Australians urged to travel smarter

28 November 2013

The Department has launched a new Smartraveller advertising campaign to encourage Australians to make informed travel choices and to travel smarter. The new TV ad features Natalie Hensby, a young Australian who was seriously injured in a high speed boat crash on her way to a Full Moon Party in Thailand.

Trade Minister Robb with ministers attending the CER meeting

Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Meeting

27 November 2013

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and his New Zealand counterpart, Tim Groser, hold this year's Closer Economic Relations (CER) Ministerial Meeting in Sydney.

Discussing future development challenges: Senator Mason (left) with the UN's Amina Mohammed, and Ewen McDonald from DFAT.

Future of global development

21 November 2013

As 2015—the date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiry—draws closer, Australia is working with the international community to develop the next set of goals.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Defence Minister David Johnston participate in the signing of a Statement of Principles and a joint press conference during the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on November 20, 2013

AUSMIN 2013

20 November 2013

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Senator David Johnston are in the United States to participate in the 2013 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Washington with United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb with HE Yoon Sang-jick, Republic of Korea Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy in Seoul on 15 November 2013.

Trade and Investment Minister visits North Asia

15 November 2013

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb is visiting South Korea, Japan and China (14 to 22 November). A major focus of Mr Robb’s visit will be working toward the early conclusion of Free Trade Agreements with Australia’s three most significant trading partners.

Media release: FTAs major focus of Robb's North Asia visit

Australian Medical Assistance Team inserted into Tacloban set up the Mobile Medical/Surgical Facility.

Typhoon Haiyan: additional assistance

14 November 2013

The Australian Government will provide a further $20 million and deploy additional Australian Defence Force logistic support to help the Philippines to respond to Typhoon Haiyan, bringing total Australian assistance to over $30 million.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meeting William Hague, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK at the pre-CHOGM Foreign Ministers meeting.

Working with the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka and India

12 November 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka from 13–15 November.

AusMAT Pre-departure briefing 13 Nov.

Australian assistance for Typhoon Haiyan

11 November 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced $10 million of Australian emergency assistance to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

Reports indicate Typhoon Haiyan has affected an estimated 9.5 million people across nine regions, and forced more than 600,000 people to flee their homes. It will be some time before the final death toll is known.

Media release: Further Australian assistance for Typhoon Haiyan

Strengthening democracy throughout the Asia Pacific

7 November 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is participating in the annual Bali Democracy Forum, hosted by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from 7 to 8 November in Bali, Indonesia.

Media release: Strengthening democracy throughout the Asia Pacific

Australia takes chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association

1 November 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has highlighted the increasing importance of the Indian Ocean region as Australia assumes the chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for the first time.

Media release: Australia takes chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association

Emergency workers undertaking training in Solomon Islands.

Emergency response training in Solomon Islands

1 November 2013

Emergency workers in Honiara now have up-to-date skills to deal with a major incident following two days of intensive training at the National Referral Hospital.

News story: Emergency response training for first responders in Solomon Islands