Archive of feature stories - June 2011
Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
29 June 2011
Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs visited the Solomon Islands to represent Australia at the annual Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Ministerial Standing Committee on RAMSI.
Media release: Australia supports education in Solomon Islands
Media release: Regional talks welcome RAMSI's progress
Composition of Trade Australia - 2010
29 June 2011
China's total trade grew 23.6 per cent to $105.3 billion for the first time according to a DFAT publication, the Composition of Trade, released today.
Publication: Composition of Trade Australia - 2010
Media release: Trade with China Hits $100 billion
Australia-China 2.0 Trade Mission
24 June 2011
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Trade Minister Dr Craig Emerson will be visiting China in August for the Australia-China 2.0 Trade Mission. The mission is designed to help Australia's businesses expand their links with China's booming regional or second-tier cities.
Joint media release: Australia-China 2.0 Trade mission
Record trade surplus
22 June 2011
Australia achieved a record trade surplus of $16.8 billion in 2010. The figures show a turnaround of $20.8 billion from the deficit of $4 billion recorded in 2009. Total exports rose 13.9 per cent to $284.6 billion while imports rose 5.4 per cent to $267.8 billion.
Publication: Trade in Primary and Manufactured products
Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation Conference
12 June 2011
Foreign Minister Rudd spoke at the GAVI Conference in London. He said Australia would invest an additional $140 million from 2011 to 2013 to ensure over seven million children will receive life saving vaccines
Media release: Saving lives with a simple vaccination
3rd Contact Group Meeting on Libya
9 June 2011
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd visited Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, for the 3rd Contact Group Meeting on Libya.
Foreign Minister attends Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Hungary
6 June 2011
"The theme of this year's meeting is non-traditional security challenges. This covers issues such as energy and food security, disaster response and management, and counter-terrorism. These issues are all front and centre for Australia," Mr Rudd said.
3rd China Trade in Services Congress
1 June 2011
Trade Minister Emerson attended and spoke at the opening of the 3rd Trade in Services Congress, Beijing, China.
Photo: (L-R) Trade Minister Emerson, Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong, Chinese Minister for Commerce Chen Deming, Korean Minister for Knowledge Economy Choi Joong-kyung
Australia's foreign policy priorities and our candidature for the UN Security Council
1 June 2011
"The business of Australian foreign policy is to advance Australia's national interests – and to do so in a manner consistent with Australian values."