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Victorian State Election - 29 November 2014
Victorian State Elections will be held on 29 November 2014. For further information, please refer to the website of the Victorian Electoral Commission.
G20 Leaders' Summit
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The G20 Leaders' Summit was held in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014. As chair of the G20, Australia hosted leaders of the world's major economies to discuss global economic challenges. Australia focused on practical outcomes that will promote economic growth, create jobs and build the resilience of the global economy.
Remembrance Day – 11 November 2014
Each year on 11 November, Australia and many other countries commemorate Remembrance Day in recognition of the servicemen and women who gave their lives or suffered while serving in wars, conflicts and peace operations. This year, 11 November marks the 96th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – as such, one minute’s silence is observed at 11am in many parts of the world.
The Remembrance Day poster this year (shown above) illustrates the convoy that sailed from Albany, Western Australia on 1 November 1914, carrying 30,000 service personnel for service in World War 1. These troops would become the first ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).
Australia supports efforts to combat violence against women in Kosovo
Australia is firmly committed to helping to end violence against women. On 6 November 2014, David Lewis, Deputy Head of Mission, and Ms Eugenie Hwang, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy, visited the Women Wellness Centre (WWC) Safe House in Peć/Pejë in Kosovo to see the work they are doing with Australian support. Read more here.
Image above: Mr David Lewis and Ms Eugenie Hwang met with Ms Ardita Ramizi Bala, Director of the WWC Safe House, and Ms Xhenet Syka, Chair of the WWC's Board of Directors, as well as WWC staff members on 6 November. Photo courtesy of WWC.
Australian Parliamentary Delegation visits Vienna
An Australian Parliamentary Delegation to European Parliaments and Institutions visited Vienna on 10 October 2014, led by the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives. The Delegation held constructive discussions with Austrian Members of Parliament, and senior representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Caption: Image above (l-r): Australian Ambassador David Stuart; Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives; Mr Tony Zappia MP, Member for Makin; Ms Nola Marino MP, Member for Forrest; and Senator Glenn Sterle, Senator for Western Australia. Copyright: Dean Calma/IAEA
Caption: Image above (l-r): Dr Reinhold Lopatka, Chair, Parliamentary Group of the People’s Party; Mr Andreas Schieder, Chair, Parliamentary Group of the Social Democratic Party; Ms Jessi Lintl, Member of the Austrian National Council and members of the Australian Parliamentary Delegation. Copyright: Parlamentsdirektion/BKA/Hans Hofer
Australia committed to addressing transnational crime
Strong international partnerships are now more fundamental to combatting organised crime than ever before. On 7 October, Australia's head of delegation, David Lewis, acting Head of Mission, Australian Permanent Mission to the UNODC, delivered Australia's national statement to the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Read the statement here.
Australia promotes entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) remains a core element of the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. On 26 September, the Friends of the CTBT (Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands) convened a Ministerial meeting in New York to promote entry into force of the CTBT. Read the Joint Ministerial Statement and Australia’s statement to the meeting here.
Australia promotes responsible uranium mining
Australia has continued to promote world’s best practice in uranium mining by co-hosting the seventh annual “Friends of Responsible Uranium Mining” (FoRUM) side event to this year’s IAEA General Conference. First held in 2008, the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna joins with the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy each year to host a series of presentations and a panel discussion from leading experts on issues and challenges faced by the uranium mining.
The theme for this year’s event was “Keeping Promises through the Highs and Lows” and focused on how to maintain high levels of safety, environmental protection and regulatory oversight during times of economic challenge. The event also presented for the first time the results of the 2014 version of the joint IAEA-OCED assessment on global supply and demand for uranium. More information can be found at the IAEA.
Australia's Statement to the 58th IAEA General Conference
On 22 September 2014, 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 58th Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference. Read the statement here.
Australia and Austria celebrate Ferdinand Bauer: Display of drawings of Australian flora and fauna by one of the great botanical artists
Image above (l-r): Prof Dr Christian Köberl, Director General of the Natural History Museum Vienna; Prof Christa Riedl-Dorn, Head of Archives for the History of Sciences, Natural History Museum Vienna; Ambassador David Stuart. Copyright: NHM/Kracher
Ambassador David Stuart (left) and Dr Reinhold Lopatka (centre), Party Whip of coalition government partner OVP (right-of-centre People’s Party) and President of the Austrian-Australian Society, visit the Ferdinand Bauer exhibition together with exhibition curator Prof Christa Riedl-Dorn and Dr Alice Irvin, Foreign Policy Adviser to Dr Lopatka (far right). Copyright: NHM/Kracher.
Image above: “Koalas Phascolartos cinereus”, a pencil drawing by Ferdinand Bauer dated 1803 and held at the Natural History Museum Vienna. Copyright: NHM/Kracher
On 26 August, the Australian Ambassador in Vienna, David Stuart, co-hosted, with the Director General of the Natural History Museum Vienna (NHM), Professor Christian Köberl, the launch of an exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the return to Austria of Ferdinand Bauer. Bauer (1760-1826) is best known as the natural history artist who accompanied Captain Mathew Flinders on the first circumnavigation of Australia from 1801-03. Read the full story here. The exhibition “Ferdinand Bauer – the First Austrian Artist in Australia” was the first to show so many of Bauer’s drawings held at the NHM together at one time.
Combating transnational crime in the Pacific
On 6 August 2014, Senator the Hon Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, participated in a high level panel discussion on combating transnational crime in the Pacific. The event, hosted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), focused on how Australia can work in partnership with its Pacific neighbours to tackle challenges such as illegal fishing, wildlife trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking and corruption. Read more here.
National Day of Mourning and National Memorial Service
The Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honour the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. On this day, flags on all Government buildings, in Australia and overseas, will be flown at half-mast. Read more in the Prime Minister's press release.
Visit to the International Summer School
On 29 July, Ambassador David Stuart gave a presentation at the University of Vienna’s International Summer School at Strobl in the Salzkammergut. He spoke about his own diplomatic experience and the work of the Australian Embassy in Vienna. Ambassador Stuart also met five Australian students from the University of Queensland participating in the Summer School as part of an academic collaboration between the University of Queensland and the University of Vienna.
Image above (l-r): Prof. Dr. Franz-Stefan Meissel, Director of the Summer School of the University of Vienna and Australian Ambassador David Stuart.
Image above (l-r): Prof. Dr. Franz-Stefan Meissel, Director of the Summer School of the University of Vienna; Australian Ambassador David Stuart; Australian students Tobias Gregg, Kayne Bennett, Matthew Wise, Jenny Wang (not visible), Sarah Minty; and Prof Dr Andreas Schloenhardt, University of Vienna and University of Queensland.
Australia makes statement on MH17 in the OSCE Permanent Council
On 18 July, the Australian Chargé d’Affaires, Mr David Lewis, delivered a statement at a special meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. At the meeting, Australia also associated itself with the Permanent Council’s Declaration on the tragic crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, has extended best wishes for the holy month of Ramadan to Muslims in Australia and throughout the world. Read more here. Ramadan Mubarak.
Australian Musical Talent Successful at Summa Cum Laude Festival 2014
The Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna in early July provided an opportunity to showcase young Australian musical talent. The BelCanto choir of Firbank Grammar School under conductor Philippa Jones won 1st place in the category of “Treble Choir”, and the Huntingtower String Orchestra under Lynley Bramble 1st place in the category of “String Orchestra”, both with outstanding success. Australia was represented with eight music groups at the festival with a total of more than 1,300 participants from 16 nations. Further information about the Festival is available here.
Australia supports the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the OSCE
On 19 June, the Australian Embassy delivered a statement in the OSCE Permanent Council in support of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) and the recently concluded Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict which was held on 10-13 June in London. Natasha Stott Despoja, AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, led Australia’s delegation to the Global Summit, where she was joined by the Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO.
Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, is an official champion of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, and recently announced funding of programs in Afghanistan, Timor Leste, Liberia and Uganda to help end violence again women and to support their participation in peacebuilding. The Foreign Minister’s media release in the lead-up to the Global Summit can be viewed here.
Dr Anita Heiss in Vienna
On 4 June, the Australian Embassy hosted a talk by Dr Anita Heiss, one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature, at the Café Prückel in Vienna. Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, and held a lecture on “Same but Different – How can we be the same when we have different cultural heritages and identities?” On 5 June, Dr Heiss gave the keynote Stephen Wurm lecture at a half-day seminar on “Languages, Literatures and the Australia-Europe Connection”. Read the full story about Dr Heiss's visit to Austria here. Image above (l-r): Anita Heiss, Elisabeth Jaquemar and Gaia Puleston (Australian Embassy), Australian Ambassador David Stuart.
Please click here to read an interview with Dr Anita Heiss.
2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round is now open
The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships programme. It aims to promote knowledge, strengthen education and research links and build enduring ties between Australia and the world. Applications for the 2015 round of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships will close at 11.59 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 30 June 2014. Information for applicants can be found at www.aei.gov.au/endeavour
2014 Anzac Day Dawn Service
On 25 April, the Australian and the New Zealand Embassies held a dawn service in the Karlsplatz square. Wreaths were laid by representatives of the UK, Canada, France, Turkey and the United States, as well as Hungarian attendees. Approximately 120 guests attended, including Australian Rotary exchange students, and a group of about 20 Hungarians of the Békés-Australian Community group in Hungary.
New opening for Australian uranium sales to UAE
15 April 2014
The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP published a media release on 15 April, saying that the entry into force of a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia opens up new uranium sales opportunities for Australia. Read more here.
Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) Meeting in Hiroshima
13 April 2014
At a meeting of the NPDI in Hiroshima, Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, issued a statement expressing Australia’s commitment to this initiative to bring about the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. Read more here.
Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
28 March 2014
At the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on 28 March 2014, Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, called upon the international community to work methodically to attain the necessary confidence and transparency to bring about nuclear disarmament; to redouble efforts to bring the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force; and negotiate a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty to prohibit further production of fissile material.
Foreign Minister conducts humanitarian and security talks in Geneva
28 March 2014
Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, held useful discussions on a range of humanitarian and security issues during her visit to Geneva on 28 March 2014. Read more here.
Nuclear Security Summit combating nuclear terrorism
25 March 2014
At the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on 25 March 2014, Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, reminded the international community that although a nuclear terrorist attack, might be unlikely, improbable, or unthinkable, we cannot allow a failure of imagination to ignore the possibility of such a catastrophic ‘black swan’ event.
Helping secure the Indo-Pacific against nuclear terrorism
26 March 2014
The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague that Australia will contribute A$1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) Nuclear Security Fund (NSF). Read more here.
Nuclear Security Summit combating nuclear terrorism
24 March 2014
Australia has a strong history as a global leader on nuclear security. The Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, which will focus on the danger of terrorists acquiring nuclear material or sabotaging nuclear facilities.
Joint Statement on the Contributions of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) to Enhancing Nuclear Security
20 March 2014
The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) has made valuable contributions in strengthening global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism. To date, the 85 partner nations have completed more than 60 activities under the auspices of the GICNT aimed at building partners’ capability to prevent, detect, deter, and respond to acts of nuclear terrorism. Read more here.
Australia co-hosts CND side event on increasing access to controlled drugs for medical purposes
Australia places a high priority on promoting appropriate access to controlled substances for medical purposes. On 20 March, Australia was pleased to co-host a side-event on this issue with the UNODC, World Health Organisation and the Union for International Cancer Council at the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. For further information, please refer here.
OSCE launches new guidebook on community policing in preventing of terrorism
On 17 March 2014, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) launched, with support from Australia, a new guidebook on the role of community policing in preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism. For further information, please refer here.
Australia's Statement to the High Level Review at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs
On 14 March, Australia's head of delegation, Mr Nathan Smyth of the Department of Health, delivered a statement to the High Level Review at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The intervention describes Australia's strategy to address drug abuse as a public health and social issue while upholding the law and its enforcement, highlights the challenge of new psychoactive substances and calls for international action to urgently address the barriers to access and availability of controlled drugs for medical purposes, in particular pain relief and palliative care.
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, Mr Milos Koterec, received the Ambassador of Australia David Stuart
Photo: Courtesy of www.mod.gov.sk
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Milos Koterec received the Ambassador of Australia David Stuart on 11 March 2014. The main topic of the meeting was the current situation in Ukraine.
Koterec said: "The Slovak Republic is actively interested in the development of the situation in Ukraine. Diplomatic negotiations are the only way to defuse the crisis".
Ambassador of Australia expressed concern about the current situation in Ukraine. "The situation in Ukraine is really worrying. Perusing interests through serious military force recalls a paradigm which should have remained in past centuries", said David Stuart.
Currently, the Slovak Republic has two observers from the Armed Forces within the OSCE observer mission in Ukraine.
In the past, the Slovak Republic and Australia cooperated in the military operation ISAF in Afghanistan, where troops from both countries jointly served at the base of Tarin Kowt from 2008 to 2012. The cooperation was positively evaluated by soldiers, and therefore according to the State Secretary our relationships will continue to develop and intensify. " For us, Afghanistan is the most important mission, and it will be important to discuss its continuation with our partners in NATO", said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence .
Currently, the Slovak Republic has 291 soldiers in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
International Women's Day
On 3 March 2014, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, issued a joint media release on the occasion of International Women's Day 2014.
The Australian Government gives priority to gender equality and women's empowerment in our foreign policy and in our overseas aid program. For a booklet on how Australia is supporting women's economic empowerment in the Indo-Pacific region, please refer here.
The Humanitarian Consequences Of Nuclear Weapons
In an op-ed article on 14 February, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, reiterated Australia’s commitment to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and underlined the need for taking sustained, practical steps towards effective disarmament.
Australia first in world for nuclear security
In a media release on 10 January 2014, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, welcomed Australia’s top ranking in a global review of nuclear security.
Australia International Cultural Council (AICC) Grants Program: Round 8 - Expressions of Interest
The AICC Grants Program provides funding for international arts and cultural projects that promote Australia as a sophisticated, multicultural and creative nation and that strengthen people-to-people linkages. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. For information on how to apply, please refer here
A Circle Closed – Australian Tim Bonyhady Traces His Austrian Heritage
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Australian author and academic Professor Tim Bonyhady recently brought back to Austria the fascinating story of his family, a Jewish family that escaped as refugees from Nazi Vienna in 1938 and settled in Australia. Professor Bonyhady wrote about the family’s experiences in his award-winning book “Good Living Street – The Fortunes of my Viennese Family”. The book was recently published in German by Austrian Zsolnay publishers as “Wohllebengasse. Die Geschichte meiner Wiener Familie”. Professor Bonyhady visited Vienna and Salzburg to present it to Austrian audiences in early November. Read the article here.
Australian Artist at White Night show in Kosice, Slovakia
On 5 October, Australian artist James Tapscott represented Australia’s cultural talent at the international arts project 'White Night', which formed part of the activities of the Slovak city of Kosice during its term as European Capital of Culture 2013. James created a site specific outdoor light installation called 'Transference Field' made of optical cables. With the installation relying on wind, James had to struggle with an unusually still Kosice evening.
Australia Inspires Europe in River Management
The Australian International RiverFoundation (IRF), Brisbane, has partnered with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) to launch the first European Riverprize, which is modelled on an Australian sister prize. On 12 September 2013, Ambassador David Stuart delivered a speech at the award ceremony in Vienna and highlighted Australia’s commitment to, and achievements in, sustainable development and water management. The prize was awarded to the river Rhine. Senior EU representatives, including the EU Commissioner for Environment and national as well as local government and community representatives from across Europe attended. For more information, please refer here.
Australian Ambassador David Stuart - Presentation of Letters of Credence
On 12 September 2012 , Ambassador David Stuart presented his Letters of Credence to the Austrian President, His Excellency Dr Heinz Fischer, at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. In addition to Austria, Ambassador Stuart is also Australian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Kosovo, as well as Ambassador-designate to Hungary. Ambassador Stuart is Australia’s resident Representative and Governor on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, as well as Australia’s Permanent Representative to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission. For more information on Ambassador David Stuart, please refer here http://www.dfat.gov.au/homs/at.html
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