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August 2022

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.

The Australian World Orchestra.
Australian World Orchestra event in Melbourne. Credit: DFAT.
The Australian World Orchestra
Australian World Orchestra event in Melbourne. Credit: Australian World Orchestra.

 

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.

Speaker at the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce business gala event in Melbourne
Australia-India Chamber of Commerce business gala event in Melbourne. Credit: Wren Steiner Photography.
Attendees at  Australia-India Chamber of Commerce business gala event in Melbourne.
Australia-India Chamber of Commerce business gala event in Melbourne. Credit: Wren Steiner Photography
Crowd at the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce business gala event in Melbourne
Australia-India Chamber of Commerce business gala event in Melbourne. Credit: Wren Steiner Photography

 

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.

Senator Wong speaking at Business Summit Gala Dinner 2022
The Australia-India Business Council event in Sydney. Credit: AIBC.
Photo of cultural performers on stage at the Australia-India Business Council event.
The Australia-India Business Council event in Sydney. Credit: DFAT.

 

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.

Photo of attendees witnessing the flag raising event at the High Commission of India in Canberra.
The flag raising event at the High Commission of India in Canberra. Credit: High Commission of India.

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.

Photo of attendees at National Museum of Australia reception event.
The reception event at the National Museum of Australia. Credit: High Commission of India.
Photo of attendees at National Museum of Australia reception event.
The reception event at the National Museum of Australia. Credit: High Commission of India.

 

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.

Photo of Sydney Opera House illuminated in the colours of the Indian flag.
The Sydney Opera House. Credit: Anna Zhu Photography.
Photo of Optus Stadium in Perth illuminated in the colours of the Indian flag.
Optus Stadium, Perth. Credit: VenuesLive WA.
Photo of Melbourne Cricket Ground illuminated in the colours of the Indian flag.
Melbourne Cricket Ground. Credit: Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Photo of old Parliament House in Canberra illuminated in the colours of the Indian flag.
Old Parliament House, Canberra. Credit: DFAT.
Photo of Adelaide Oval illuminated in the colours of the Indian flag.
Adelaide Oval. Credit: Adelaide Oval.

 

February 2022

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.

Photo of Maurice Newman AC and the Hon Alex Hawke MP speaking at an event.
From left, Dr Maurice Newman AC, President, NSW Division – AICC; and the Hon Alex Hawke MP. Credit: DFAT.
Group photo of several officials from the  AICC’s NSW Division launch.
From left, Mr Sunil Lal, NSW Division – AICC; Mr Manish Gupta, Consul General of India, Sydney; the Hon Alex Hawke MP; Dr Maurice Newman AC, President, NSW Division – AICC; and Mr Harish Rao, Executive Director of the AICC. Credit: DFAT.

 

A business lunch event in Adelaide on 3 February included remarks by the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.

Group photo of officials at the business lunch event in Adelaide.
The Australia-India Chamber of Commerce Republic Day event in Adelaide. Credit AICC.

 


January 2022

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.

Photo of former Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Ted Baillieu speaking at an event.
Former Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Ted Baillieu. Credit: AICC.
Photo of Former Governor-General, the Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove speaking at an event.
Former Governor-General, the Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove. Credit: AICC.
Group photo of guests at the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce Republic Day event in Canberra.
Guests at the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce Republic Day event in Canberra. Credit: AICC.

November 2021

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.

Photo of Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, Ian Biggs speaking.
Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, Ian Biggs. Credit: Institute for Australia-India Engagement.

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. 

Group photo of participants at the Institute for Australia-India Engagement seminar.
Participants at the Institute for Australia-India Engagement seminar, ‘The Role of Constitutional Democracies in Shaping the Emerging World Order’. Credit: Institute for Australia-India Engagement.

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.

Group photo of participants at the Institute for Australia-India Engagement seminar.
Participants at the Institute for Australia-India Engagement seminar, ‘The Role of Constitutional Democracies in Shaping the Emerging World Order’. Credit: Institute for Australia-India Engagement.

For more information on the seminar, please see Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav organised by IAIE, the Indian High Commission, DFAT, JGU and India news

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