Archive of 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Communiqué: Australia Indonesia Inaugural 2+2 Dialogue
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.
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.
Media release: Visit to Fiji by 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.
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.
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.
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