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The Australian Embassy in Vienna and Permanent Mission to the UN is accredited to Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia, Slovenia, and to the International Organisations in Vienna.

 

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Australian Federal Election – 2 July 2016

The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016. It is now too late to enrol to vote for this election.

Online applications for a postal vote (for those already registered to vote) are available on the website of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) at www.aec.gov.au. Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June 2016.

The Australian Embassy in Vienna will be open for in person pre-poll voting on weekdays from 9am – 4pm commencing Monday 20 June until Friday 1 July 2016 (and closed between 12:15 and 12:45 midday).

The Embassy will not be open for voting on Election Day.

In order to be granted access the Embassy to vote in person you will need to bring your current Australian passport as identification. There are no exceptions to this policy.

For further information on which electoral you are currently enrolled at, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.

 

Joint Statement on Budapest Pride 2016

On the occasion of the 21th Budapest Pride Festival, Australia joined 30 other Embassies in Budapest to convey our support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities in Hungary and their right to express themselves peacefully and lawfully. Read the press release here.

 

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty 20th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting

Australia is a strong and consistent supporter of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Read Australia’s statement by Mr Richard Sadleir to the 20th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting in Vienna here.

 

World Music in Vienna: Joseph Tawadros

From left to right: Joseph Tawadros and Ms Anne Marie Ribas.

Australia’s world famous, award winning oud player and composer Joseph Tawadros.

From left to right: Ambassador Stuart, Mrs Radwa Abel Aziz, Egyptian Ambassador Khaled Shamaa, Joseph Tawadros, Mrs Loriana Fabian Marrapodi, Italian Ambassador Giorgio Marrapodi, Ms Anne Marie Ribas.

From left to right: Richard Holzer-Remondi, Australian Embassy; Lidija Plibersek, Managing Director, Pogrebno podjetje Maribor cemetery, and President of the Association of significant cemeteries in Europe (ASCE), and spouse, Marko Ferlez.


World-famous oud virtuoso and composer Joseph Tawadros gave a concert hosted by Ambassador David Stuart and his wife, Ms Anne Marie Ribas, at the Australian Residence on the evening of 9 June.

Born in Egypt, Joseph Tawadros represents well the multiculturalism and diversity of Australia, where the family immigrated when he was young. His grandfather being a musician in Egypt, he and his brother, James Tawadros, grew up playing the oud in Newtown in Sydney.

Joseph Tawadros studied in Australia and Egypt and became a master of this ancient Arab instrument, ‘Al Oud’ (a short necked string instrument characterized by its rich, sonorous sound and rounded back frame). He has a unique style, very intense and sensitive at the same time. His music is often inspired by quotes from writers and poets and he loves improvisation.

Tawadros’s success is marked by winning the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Award in three consecutive years for the Best World Music Album. He has made thirteen albums – about one a year since he was 21. He has been touring extensively, performing alone, with his brother and with established musicians all around the world.

Some 40 guests attended the event, including representatives from the diplomatic community, culture and business. Typical for Joseph Tawadros, he entertained the audience throughout the concert talking about his passion for the oud as well as sharing his own stories, memories and experiences about Egypt and Australia.

 

Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) brings Dvořák to Vienna

 

Musical SSO reception at the Australian Residence. Copyright: Marion Carniel

Ambassador David Stuart and Ms Anne Marie Ribas with the SSO string quartet. Copyright: Marion Carniel

From left to right: Ambassador Stuart, Gudrun Gutt (ORF), UK Ambassador Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque. Copyright: Marion Carniel

 


From left to right: Lerida Delbridge and Claire Herrick. Copyright: Marion Carniel

 


String quartet performing Dvořák’s American Quartet. Copyright: Marion Carniel


A string quartet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) showcased Australian musical talent at a musical afternoon reception at the Australian Residence on 29 March, hosted by Ambassador David Stuart and his wife, Anne Marie Ribas. Lerida Delbridge, Claire Herrick, Timothy Nankervis and Justin Williams performed the 2nd and the 4th movements of Antonín Dvořák’s American Quartet and Arthur Johnston’s “Pennies from Heaven” to great applause. 

Resident at the Sydney Opera House, the SSO is Australia’s flagship orchestra performing around 200 concerts each year. The four musicians have toured around the world and are winners of numerous prizes and awards. Lerida and Justin have played previously at the Musikverein Vienna as members of the Tinalley String Quartet.

The SSO string quartet was in Vienna and Budapest to perform a series of live performances aboard selected Australian Pacific Touring (APT) ships on a Danube river cruise. APT is a major sponsor of the SSO and supports SSO’s flagship Master Series at the Sydney Opera House, which each year showcases some of the world’s biggest musical stars performing music from the SSO’s repertoire.

 

 

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program 2016

The 2016 Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) is now open for application. The ACDGP aims to deliver innovative Australian projects to an international audience by supporting projects that strengthen the nation’s reputation as a sophisticated, creative nation and foster ongoing collaborative international exchange. Projects that establish networks, stimulate collaboration, enhance market access and promote Australian expertise in the arts may consider applying for funding.  The ACDGP provides grants of up to $60,000 per year (for a maximum 3 year period) for international arts and cultural activities that reflect key diplomatic cultural objectives.  

Applications are open until 12 noon on Monday 11 April 2016 AEST. Applications must be submitted online via Smartygrants.

Full details on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

 

Economic diplomacy in Budapest

On 18 February, Ambassador David Stuart co-hosted an event dedicated to Australia at the Aria Hotel in Budapest. Steve Rank, Senior Trade Commissioner of Austrade Central Europe joined Ambassador Stuart from Warsaw for the evening. Some 50 people attended the event, including representatives of international companies, Hungarian business and peak bodies, officials and diplomats.

Hungary trade event _ HOM speaking

Ambassador David Stuart talking about the economic ties between Hungary and Australia. Copyright: Diplomacy & Trade Magazine

Hungary trade event _ audience

Representatives of international and Hungarian businesses, officials and diplomats attending the event. Copyright: Australian Embassy

Hungary trade event _ MFA _ PM

Dávid Horváth, Hungarian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Patricia Marity, Australian Embassy. Copyright: Diplomacy & Trade Magazine

 

The event followed Diplomacy & Trade’s publication of a four page country focus on Australia in January, which included an interview with Ambassador Stuart focusing on economic ties and separate articles on the Hungarian community in Australia, tourism, migration and health care, Indigenous Australians and the Sydney Olympic Games.

During the event, Ambassador Stuart spoke about the bilateral relationship between Australia and Hungary, in particular the long history of Hungarian immigration to Australia and the value of the Hungarian diaspora as an important part of Australia’s multicultural society. He highlighted how much Australia benefited from the role played by many refugees who had fled Hungary in the 1940s, 1950s and before the end of the Cold War. He also said that bilateral trade figures had shown recent signs of growth, reflecting increasing automobile and other Hungarian exports to Australia. He said he saw potential in certain sectors, like mining technology in Hungary and agribusiness in Australia.

Mr Rank provided an overview of Australia’s strong economic performance, stressing the opportunities for Hungarian businesses in Australia, and shared his personal and professional experiences regarding the business benefits to Australia of hosting the Sydney Olympics in 2000. This met with high interest given that the International Olympic Committee announced on 17 Feburary that Budapest, together with Los Angeles, Paris and Rome, had submitted stage one of the official candidature process for hosting the 2024 Olympic Games:

Hungary trade event _ HOM with guests

From left to right: Ambassador David Stuart; Viola Gurise-Pap, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA); Sándor Mátyus, IHRA. Copyright: Diplomacy & Trade Magazine

Hungary trade event _ Kozma Rank

Ágnes Kozma, Artistry Vision, and Steve Rank, Austrade. Copyright: Diplomacy & Trade Magazine

Hungary trade event _ attendees

From left to right: Liam Crow, FirstMed Center; Michele Orzan, European Chamber; Dr Andrea Jádi Németh LLM, Jádi-Németh Law Firm; Dr Bálint Bassola, Jalsowszky Law Firm. Copyright: Diplomacy & Trade Magazine

 

 

Australia's Statement at the 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna

 

On 15 March, Dr Lisa Studdert, First Assistant Secretary, Population Health and Sport Division, Department of Health,
delivered Australia's statement at the 59th Session fo the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Read the full statement here.

 

Australia Day

 

Image: Australian Consul Maree Fay (left) addressed members of the Australian Connection in Austria (OzCon) and the Austrian-Australian Society at the Australia Day celebrations in Vienna on 23 January. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

Image (l-r): group shot with representatives of Metropole Magazine, OzCon and the Austrian-Australian Society. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

Image: Australia day celebration at the Zsivago Café in Budapest on 24 January. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

 
On 23 and 24 January 2016, the Australian Embassy joined Australian friendship groups in Austria and Hungary in their celebration of Australia Day. In Austria, the Australian Connection in Austria (OzCon), and the Austrian-Australian Society, celebrated Australia Day with members and friends at a typical Viennese Heuriger with music and song, and a slide show of Australian images. In Hungary, the Nozzies celebrated Australia Day in Budapest at the Zsivago Café. Celebrate what’s great about Australia: www.australiaday.org.au 

 

Australian Film Festival 

 


Photo (l-r): Gaia Puleston, First Secretary and Grigorij Meseznikov, President, IVO Institute. Copyright: Peter Prochazka.
 

The inaugural “Aussie Film Fest” was held in Bratislava, 4-6 December. The festival showcased Australia’s creative filmmaking through five contemporary Australian films: "Last Cab to Darwin", "Paper Planes", "The Daughter", "The Babadook" and "The Little Death". The films were selected to showcase contemporary Australia, beyond the stereotypes of "Crocodile Dundee" or "Mad Max."

The Embassy (First Secretary Gaia Puleston) helped open the festival to a sell-out audience, who enthusiastically received the opening film: "Last Cab to Darwin".

 

 

Australia’s statement to the OSCE Ministerial Council

On 4 December, Ambassador David Stuart delivered Australia\'s statement to the 22nd Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Belgrade, Serbia. Ambassador Stuart expressed concern at the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, and urged Russia to abide by its international obligations, including respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He said Australia wanted to ensure those responsible for the downing of MH17 were held accountable. Ambassador Stuart said that Australia would further strengthen its engagement and cooperation with international partners against terrorist threats. He said a priority Australia shared with the OSCE was to advance security and stability in Afghanistan. He said Australia looked to the OSCE to promote gender equality and recognising that women and girls are particularly vulnerable to violence during times of conflict. Read the full statement here.

 

Remembrance Day 2015

 

Photo (l-r): New Zealand Ambassador Ms Deborah Geels and Australian Ambassador Mr David Stuart attended the Remembrance Day service at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Klagenfurt on 11 November. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

 

 

 

 

Photo (l-r): Ambassador David Stuart attended the Remembrance Day service at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Solymár on 8 November. Copyright: British Embassy, Budapest.

Photo (l-r): Ambassador David Stuart visited the Peace Monument dedicated to the victims of the Second World War at Pogrebno podjetje Maribor cemetery in October 2015. Copyright: Pogrebno podjetje Maribor cemetery.


Our post in Vienna is accredited to six countries, two of which have Commonwealth War Graves where Australian servicemen rest: the cemetery at Klagenfurt in southern Austria, and the cemetery at Solymár a short drive to the north of Budapest in Hungary. There is a third cemetery at Maribor in central Slovenia where many Allied servicemen are buried which has no marked graves for Australians, but a large section with graves of unidentified soldiers.

Ambassador David Stuart attended remembrance ceremonies at Solymár on 8 November, and at Klagenfurt on 11 November. The Embassy was also represented by DHOM (David Lewis) at the UK Embassy service in Vienna on Remembrance Sunday on 8 November. For many years through our Embassy in Budapest, and in the last two years through our post in Vienna, we have had an official presence at the Solymár service, in a beautifully cared for site in a rural valley on the fringe of Budapest. There are 13 Graves of Australian servicemen at Solymár.

Pictured below is the Ambassador with Mr Josef Apro, a veteran with service in both the Hungarian and Australian armed forces. Mr Apro, who as a pilot and officer in the Hungarian Air Force took part in the October 1956 uprising against communist rule, resettled as a refugee in Australia. Over thirty years later, after the end of the Cold War, the first post-communist government invited him to return to Hungary, where he was honoured for his actions in 1956 and promoted to the rank of Major-General. His participation in the 1956 uprising is commemorated in one of the displays in the Military History museum on the castle hill in Budapest. Mr Apro, who attended the service on 8 November with his daughter, Mrs Erika Svak, told us how he had visited Solymár when he returned in the early 1990s to find it overgrown, with grass higher than many of the gravestones. He is proud of his role in restoring the site since then.

 

Photo (l-r): Ambassador David Stuart and Mr Josef Apro at the Remembrance Day service at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Solymár, Hungary. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

We have also regularly attended the ceremony held for Remembrance Day at Klagenfurt where 30 Australian servicemen lie in marked graves. The cemetery is kept impeccably. Like the ceremony at Solymár, Remembrance Day is organized by the British Embassy. Most of the Australians buried at Klagenfurt served in the air force although there are also some graves from those who were prisoners of war at the nearby camp at Wolfsberg.

Many Australian servicemen who were captured following the Battle of Crete in 1946 were imprisoned in camps in southern Austria; some 800 were held in the camp at Wolfsberg and it is possible that there were also some in the related concentration camp in Maribor in Slovenia. The then HOM, Ambassador Michael Potts attended a service at the Pogrebno podjetje Maribor cemetery on 20 May 2011 together with colleagues from Embassies in Ljubljana and Vienna. Post has visited the cemetery in recent months, and observed that it is well kept. The New Zealand Ambassador in Vienna, who is accredited in Slovenia, visited the cemetery where two New Zealand soldiers are buried, this year.

 

"Harry Seidler – Painting toward architecture" exhibition opening, Budapest

Photo (l-r): Rita Mária Halasi, Acting Director, Ponton Gallery; Ambassador Stuart; Vladimir Belogolovsky, curator of the exhibition; Professor József Fülöp, Rector of MOME. Copyright: Australian Embassy.


On 5 November 2015, Ambassador David Stuart co-hosted the opening of the exhibition "Harry Seidler – Painting toward architecture" at the Ponton Gallery of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, MOME.  The exhibition, curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky in co-operation with the Seidler family, followed on the exhibition held at the City of Vienna Planungswerkstatt in May 2015.

The exhibition opening provided a platform to promote Australia's creative reputation, and the strength of Australia’s multicultural society.  Ambassador Stuart highlighted Australia's tradition of welcoming refugees, and the remarkable contribution Hungarian refugees and migrants have made to Australia's society. He also spoke about Seidler’s connections to Hungary, including the impact of Hungarian-born architects Marcel Breuer and Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy. Seidler visited Budapest in the 1980’s and in 2000.

Other speakers at the opening event were: Professor József Fülöp, Rector of MOME; Rita Mária Halasi, Ponton Gallery's Acting Director; and Vladimir Belogolovsky.

The event attracted positive attention from local media, including articles and interviews with Vladimir Belogolovsky in eight Hungarian architecture and contemporary art magazines. The Hungarian media recognised Harry Seidler as one of Australia's most important and innovative architects, and that he was the first architect to fully represent and adapt the "Bauhaus" style to the climate and geography of Australia. 

 

IHRA, Debrecen Hungary 2-5 November 2015

Photo (l-r): Dr Andre Oboler, CEO, Online Hate Prevention Institute; Suzanne Hampel, OAM, Monash University; Kevin Playford, Director of the Human Rights and Indigenous Issues Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ambassador David Stuart; Pauline Rockman OAM, Co-President, Jewish Holocaust Centre; Donna-Lee Frieze and Dr Steven Cooke, Deakin University. Copyright: IHRA

 


Photo: Ambassador David Stuart (right) meets Mr András Heisler (middle), President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (Mazsihisz), and Mr Tamás Ács, President of the Budapest Jewish Community (left). Copyright: Mazsihisz


The Debrecen meeting was the first of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in which Australia participated since becoming an observer of IHRA in June 2015. Our delegation combined five experts, Pauline Rockman OAM (Co-President, Jewish Holocaust Centre), Dr Andre Oboler (CEO, Online Hate Prevention Institute), Suzanne Hampel OAM (Monash University) and Donna-Lee Frieze and Dr Steven Cooke (Deakin University) and two representatives of Government, David Stuart, who is our current Ambassador to Austria and resident representative to the United Nations in Vienna as well as being non-resident Ambassador to Hungary, and Kevin Playford, Director of the Human Rights and Indigenous Issues Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


IHRA was established in 1998 to promote Holocaust education, remembrance and research. It has 31 member countries, ten observer countries and seven Permanent International Partners. Membership is open to all UN Member States who are committed to the implementation of Holocaust initiatives. IHRA‘s objective of strengthening the promotion of education, remembrance and research about the Holocaust is one which Australia shares.


One of our main goals for the Debrecen meeting was to develop a better idea of how IHRA works and what contribution Australia might make. The meeting, under the Chair of Mr Szabolcs Takacs (State Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary), was divided into four major working groups, covering Education, Academic, Museums and Memorials, and Communications. Our experts participated in all these groups. In some cases, as observer country representatives, they were restricted to a listening role. In the working groups on Museums and Memorials and Education, we were able to play a broader role, including two of our experts who were asked to join the Steering Committees for future work.
 

The delegation took part in the IHRA Chair’s meeting with all observers, and was active in the extensive networking that characterised the meeting. Ambassador Stuart and Kevin Playford were also able to sit in on the Delegation Heads meeting that considered Working Group recommendations, and the delegation also observed the plenary meeting that considered progress reports from six partner countries on their efforts to advance the goals of the Alliance.


While it was the first opportunity to observe IHRA in action as a participant, overall impressions were generally positive. The informed, constructive level of discussion and serious input by many delegates on a wide range of current issues were notable; given the IHRA membership, most issues addressed involved the plans and challenges of European governments although the US and Canada also contributed strongly. Many issues, including on managing museums and memorials, education and effective communication about the Holocaust, were relevant to Australia. The strength and diversity of our expert representation in Debrecen augurs well for our capacity to support the ongoing work of the Alliance.

 

Debrecen bilateral meetings

 

Photo (l-r): Ambassador David Stuart met with Dr László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, at the Old City Hall of Debrecen on 4 November. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

 

Photo (l-r): Ambassador David Stuart at Lajos Kossuth’s desk in the Old City Hall of Debrecen. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

 

Photo: Ambassador David Stuart with students of the English and American Studies Institute at the University of Debrecen. Copyright: Australian Embassy.


As part of Post’s visit to Debrecen, Ambassador Stuart called on the Mayor of Debrecen Dr László Papp. Debrecen is the second biggest city in Hungary, and a long-standing centre for agriculture. As well as discussing the city’s history and economic prospects, the Mayor told us about its close links with Lajos Kossuth, a political reformer who proclaimed the independence of Hungary from the Austrian Empire in April 1849. Debrecen was also the temporary capital city of Hungary during the revolution in 1849.

According to "The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins", about 100 former Hungarian revolutionaries came to Australia between 1851 and 1867 following the fall of the Lajos Kossuth-led revolution. This was the first sizeable refugee movement of Hungarians to reach Australia. The majority of these migrants were of good education, with quite a number of professional army officers, solicitors, doctors and engineers among them.

On 3 November, the Ambassador met with Professor Dr László Csernoch, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, and Dr Gabriella Espák at the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, as well as students doing Australian Studies courses at the university.
 

 


Visit of Australian Embassy to “EDUS-Education for All” in Sarajevo


        

Ambassador David Stuart visiting EDUS; Photo bottom right: Ambassador David Stuart with Ms Stanislava Majušević, EDUS Head Program Coordinator, and Ms Sanela Lindsay, EDUS General Secretary.
Copyright for photos top and bottom left: Senad Gubelić, “Oslobodjenje”; Photo bottom right: Australian Embassy.
 

Ambassador David Stuart visited a Sarajevo-based NGO “EDUS-Education for All”, which has been supported by the Australian Government since 2012, through the Direct Aid Program (DAP).

Read full article here.


Gallipoli Exhibition at Museum of Military History

 

Photo (top): Australian Ambassador David Stuart
Photo (bottom left, from left to right): Director of Military History Museum Dr Christian Ortner, Australian Ambassador David Stuart, New Zealand Ambassador Deborah Geels and Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Hasan Göğüş
Photo (bottom right, from left to right): Brigardier Bill Sowry and Vice-Director of Military History Museum Dr Christoph Hatschek
Copyright for photos top and bottom left: ÖBH/Hartl; Copyright for photo bottom right: Australian Embassy
 

On 22 September, Australian Ambassador David Stuart, New Zealand Ambassador Deborah Geels and Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Hasan Göğüş opened the joint exhibition “Çanakkale/Gallipoli 1915-2015 - Road from War to Peace” at the Museum of Military History (HGM) in Vienna.

Held on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, the exhibition brings together photographs taken by soldiers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. The exhibition is testament to the courage, comradeship and compassion of the ANZAC troops and the respect they developed for their Turkish enemies.

Read Ambassador Stuart’s speech here.

 

Australia\'s Statement to the 59th IAEA General Conference

On 16 September 2015, Australia\'s head of delegation, Ambassador David Stuart, Governor and Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivered Australia\'s statement to the 59th Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference. Read the statement here.

 

 


Australian flora on show at Garten Tulln

Copyright: Australian Embassy

Garten Tulln is presenting an exhibition of Australian flora, drawing from the impressive collection of the Austrian Federal Gardens. The exhibition, which includes including banksias, a wollemi pine, epacris and ferns, underlines the long-standing botanic contacts between Austria and Australia. First Secretary Gaia Puleston helped open the exhibition on 25 August. Read more here 

 

Australia’s support for "100 Stories of Youth" in Srebrenica

Copyright: Silver Media

The Australian Embassy has been pleased to support the project “100 Stories of Youth” (100 priča mladih) in Srebrenica, conducted by Silver Media. The project presented candid video interviews of 100 young people living in Srebrenica and surrounding areas, discussing their everyday life, needs and hopes. This innovative project was an effort to give voice to the post-war generation of Srebrenica, and to spur positive activism among young population via the online platform. Watch the interviews at http://vlog.esrebrenica.ba/ (in Bosnian). 
 

20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

 

Copyright: Australian Embassy
Photo top left: Maree Fay (Consul) and Nada Muster (Bilateral Affairs Officer) at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial and Cemetery.
Photo top right: Maree Fay and Nada Muster at the former UN base in Potocari.
Photo bottom: View of a section of the Srebrenica – Potocari Memorial and Cemetery.

The Australian Government was represented at the commemoration on 11 July 2015 marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica by Maree Fay (Consul) and Nada Muster (Bilateral Affairs Officer). The Hon Michael Danby, MP (Federal Member for Melbourne Ports) travelled from Australia for the commemoration. An estimated 70,000 people, including members of close to 90 foreign delegations, and a large number of international and local media representatives attended.

11 July is the single worst massacre in Europe since the end of the Second World War. Srebrenica, a United Nations “safe haven” established after the former Yugoslavia erupted into civil war, was overrun. In the act of genocide perpetrated in Srebrenica, more than 8,000 men and boys were murdered.

Former US President Clinton; one of the speakers at the commemoration, said: “I grieve that it took us so long to unify all of our friends behind using the amount of force that was necessary to stop this violence. And I’m thrilled that the peace has been maintained. … On behalf of my country and from the bottom of my heart – I love this place. I never want to see a killing field like this within thousands of miles of here”. Dutch Foreign Minister, Koenders, said that “we always remember the horrific murder of thousands of innocent men and boys” after the fall of Srebrenica. “The genocide committed here is a dark chapter in our European history. The atrocity that occurred here must never be forgotten”.

Visit to Diamond Aircraft Group

Copyright: Australian Embassy

Austria’s Diamond Aircraft Group has been supplying Australian flight training centres with innovative aircraft for the training of future Australian pilots. Among their customers are Port Macquarie’s Australian International Aviation College (AIAC) and Flight Training Adelaide. Ambassador David Stuart saw the company’s carbon-fibre technology first hand when he recently paid a visit to Diamond Aircraft headquarters in Wiener Neustadt.

Prime Minister\'s statements on the anniversary of the downing of MH17

Read the Prime Minister\'s media release on the anniversary of the downing of MH17 here and his address to the MH17 National Memorial Service here.  

Australia on show at Budapest Zoo

 

Copyright: Budapest Zoo

The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden has displayed Australian animals since it opened almost 150 years ago. Deputy Head of Mission David Lewis recently had a chance to visit the zoo together with Zoltan Molnar, curator of the Australia Exhibit, including the newly opened Koala Exhibit, which reflects the warm ties that exist between Australia and Hungary. Read more here  #KoalaDiplomacy