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On 31 August 2022, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sponsored an Australian World Orchestra concert at Hamer Hall in Melbourne. This special event featured world-renowned Indian-born conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta and celebrated the occasion of India’s 75 years of independence as well as Australia’s rich and longstanding people-to-people links with India.
On 29 August 2022, the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce held their Business Forum and gala dinner event at CENTREPIECE in Melbourne Park. These events brought together government and business leaders to celebrate 75 years of Indian independence as well as 75 years of bilateral relations between both countries. Trade Minister Don Farrell delivered remarks at the event.
On 24 August 2022, the Australia-India Business Council held their Business Summit gala dinner event in Sydney. This event celebrated the 75th anniversary of India’s independence as well as the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations. It was an opportunity for leaders to come together to discuss increasing business and investment partnerships between both countries. Foreign Minister Penny Wong spoke at the event, touching on the close and enduring relationship between Australia and India.
On 15 August 2022, the High Commission of India in Canberra hosted a flag raising ceremony to celebrate the occasion of India’s 75th anniversary. This event also commemorated our 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations. DFAT Deputy Secretary, Justin Hayhurst, delivered remarks.
This ceremony was followed by a reception on the evening of 15 August 2022 at the National Museum of Australia, hosted by the High Commission of India in Canberra, to celebrate 75 years of Indian independence as well as the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence on 15 August 2022, 46 monuments around Australia were illuminated in the colours of the Indian flag. This included sites and buildings in every State and Territory, including notable buildings such as the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Old Parliament House, Adelaide Oval and more.
In February 2022, the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce (AICC) hosted a series of events across Australia jointly marking Australia Day and Indian Republic Day as well as the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
An evening event on 24 February in Sydney featured the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, and launched the AICC’s NSW Division.
A business lunch event in Adelaide on 3 February included remarks by the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.
On 26 January 2022, the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) held a joint Australia Day and India Republic Day virtual event. The event brought together government and business representatives from Australia and India, as well as Indigenous business leaders, AIBC members and sponsors. Remarks included those from DFAT representatives from the NSW State Office, the India and Indian Ocean Branch and Australia’s Consulate-General in Kolkata. A recording of the event is attached below
26 Jan 2022 - Australia Day and Indian Republic Day
In January 2022, the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce (AICC) hosted a series of events across Australia jointly marking Australia Day and Indian Republic Day as well as the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
A lunch event in Canberra on 22 January featured General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove and the launch of the AICC’s Defence and Security National Working Group.
On 26 November 2021, DFAT joined the Institute for Australia-India Engagement’s seminar, ‘The Role of Constitutional Democracies in Shaping the Emerging World Order’. The High Commission of India in Australia also participated in this seminar.
Australia’s Acting Deputy High Commissioner to India, Ian Biggs, outlined how the India-Australia partnership is helping to further democratic values in our region, including through forums like the Quad.
DFAT’s Michael Feller spoke about India-Australia cooperation and the role of the Indian diaspora community in Australia in strengthening ties between both nations.
For more information on the seminar, please see Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav organised by IAIE, the Indian High Commission, DFAT, JGU and India news.