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New Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy
On 25 June, Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, and Sports Minister, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, launched the “Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy 2015-18”. Australia has an incredibly successful sporting story to tell – and it is not just about gold medals; sport is about inspiring people, building communities, and helping people to lead better lives. It helps build trust between countries and bring people together. For Minister Bishop’s, Minister Robb’s, and Minister Ley’s media release, please refer here.
Work and holiday arrangements signed with Slovak Republic and Slovenia
Australia recently signed reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangements with Slovakia and Slovenia. Under the arrangements, young Australians will be able to explore and work in Slovakia and Slovenia, and young Slovaks and Slovenians will be able to do the same in Australia. The arrangements were signed during Ministerial visits to Australia. For more information, see here on the arrangement with Slovakia, and here on the arrangement with Slovenia.
Interview with Australian football player James Holland
After three and a half years, Australian football player James Holland (pictured above, right, with Australian Ambassador David Stuart) bids farewell to FK Austria Wien. Read the interview the Embassy team conducted with the 26-year old midfielder here.
Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture
Image (l-r): Vladimir Belogolovsky, Curator; Penelope Seidler, Harry Seidler & Associates; Angelika Winkler, City of Vienna; David Lewis, Charge d'Affaires. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
The Australian Embassy was pleased to welcome Penelope Seidler back to Vienna on 13 May for the opening of an exhibition marking the work of Harry Seidler. Harry Seidler, the internationally acclaimed Australian architect born in Vienna, was one of Australia’s most prominent architects of the 20th century. The “Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture” travelling exhibition examines his distinctive place and hand within, and beyond, modernist design methodology.
Read comments by Charge d’Affaires, David Lewis, at the opening of the exhibition here. The exhibition runs until 3 July at the Wiener Planungswerkstatt (Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 9, 1082 Vienna).
Anita Heiss, author of Aboriginal literature, visits Vienna
The Australian Embassy was pleased to welcome Dr Anita Heiss, a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature, back to Vienna this May. On 6 May, she read from her memoir “Am I Black Enough” at the “Aboriginal Art” exhibition being shown in the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg. One day later, she held a lecture on “Aboriginal Literature for Children and Young Adults“ at a seminar at the University of Vienna. In her work Anita Heiss focusses on questions of identity and cultural heritage. Anita Heiss also has Austrian heritage.
Australia's statement to the NPT Review Conference
Australia is a firm and consistent supporter of the Treaty on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which is the cornerstone of multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation and has enabled the international community to benefit from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. On 28 April, H.E. Gillian Bird, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations in New York, delivered Australia's statement to the NPT Review Conference. Read the full statement here.
2016 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government that support citizens around the world to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas. Applications for the 2016 round are now open. See here for further information.
2015 Anzac Centenary Dawn Service
On 25 April, approximately 300 people joined the dawn service held by the Australian and New Zealand Embassies in front of Karlskirche to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. Wreaths were laid by the Australian and New Zealand Embassies and representatives of the UK, Canada, France, Turkey and the United States.
Senator Nash addresses 58th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna
On 9 March, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, delivered Australia's statement at the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Senator Nash said Australia’s policy focus for CND58 would be on health and law enforcement collaboration, medical access to internationally controlled medicines; and building on the previous work of the Commission on new psychoactive substances to incorporate broader trends in synthetic drugs, including methamphetamines such as ice.
For Senator Nash’s intervention on addressing emerging issues including new psychoactive substances, precursors and the misuse of the internet on 10 March, please refer here.
For Senator Nash’s intervention on ensuring the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes, while preventing their diversion on 10 March, please refer here.
Image: Senator the Hon Fiona Nash at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, with Ambassador David Stuart (right) and Mr Nathan Smyth, First Assistant Secretary, Population Health Division, Department of Health (left).
IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, March 2015
To read Australia's statements on nuclear safety, nuclear technology, Iran, Syria, the DPRK, and the conclusion of new safeguards agreements, delivered at the IAEA Board of Governors meeting (2-5 March) see here.
Aboriginal Art Exhibition Opening
On 29 January, Ambassador David Stuart and Karlheinz Essl co-hosted the opening of the "Aboriginal Art" exhibition at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg. The Essl Museum holds one of the most important collections of Australian Aboriginal art in Europe. The exhibition presents about eighty works of some of Australia’s most renowned Indigenous artists such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Rover Julama Thomas, Clifford Possum Tjaplatljarri, Kathleen Petyarre, Paddy Bedford, Michael Nelson Jagamarra, Richard Bell and Destiny Deacon. The event was attended by approx. 500 people, including senior representatives from government, the diplomatic corps, business, culture and academia. The exhibition will be on display until mid-August. For further information, please refer here
Image above (l-r): Agnes and Karlheinz Essl, Ambassador David Stuart, and Ms Anne Marie Ribas, Spouse of Ambassador Stuart.
Australia’s statement to the OSCE Ministerial Council
On 5 December, Ambassador David Stuart delivered Australia's statement to the 21st Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Basel, Switzerland. Ambassador Stuart underlined Australia’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and thanked the OSCE for its efforts in facilitating access to the MH17 crash site. Ambassador Stuart encouraged the OSCE and its participating States to continue to give priority to improving gender equality and security of women and girls, and welcomed ongoing cooperation on addressing the threat of foreign terrorist fighters. Read the full statement here.
Alumni network gathering in Bratislava – 4 December 2014
Ms Gaia Puleston, First Secretary, hosted the very first Alumni networking event in Slovakia on 4 December 2014. The event provided an opportunity to meet and chat in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to sharing many fond memories of Australia, the event also generated interesting initiatives for future events involving alumni.
Image above (l-r): Mr Petr Vodvarka, Austrade; Ms Gaia Puleston, Australian Embassy; and Mrs Anna Turenicova, Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
Image above (l-r): Australian alumni: Ms Lucia Ziskova; Ms Silvia Panakova, Zuzana Polackova and Marcela Prihelova. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 25 November 2014
25 November marks the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. Australia’s Prime Minister is leading by example as a White Ribbon Ambassador. At the highest level of the Australian Government, Prime Minister Abbott has made clear that Australia has zero tolerance for violence against women. Australia recently introduced the second phase of the Action Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, which unites the Australian community to make a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children and to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day, hear from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, about what Australia is doing to end violence against women around the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoxfFx_08A8&list=PL10121AA92340E9BD
G20 Leaders' Summit
Copyright: G20 Australia
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 Service, Klagenfurt – 11 November 2014
Each year the British Embassy in Vienna arranges a Remembrance Day service at the Klagenfurt War Cemetery. The Klagenfurt cemetery, the only Commonwealth war cemetery in Austria, was begun in June 1945 by the British occupying forces, who moved graves into it from all over the country. It now contains 589 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. 30 Australian servicemen are buried there. The Ambassadors from Australia, Namibia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Malaysia attended the service, as well as the local Provincial Commandant and the Head of Police of Carinthia.
Image above (l-r): HE Ms Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, Ambassador of the United Kingdom; Brigadier Walter Gitschthaler, Military Commandant Carinthia; Mr David Stuart, Australian Ambassador. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
Visit to the Lagerstadt Exhibition at the “Museum im Lavanthaus”, Wolfsberg, Carinthia
The Ambassadors from Australia, UK and NZ were welcomed by Mr Igor Pucker, Director of the “Museum im Lavanthaus” at an exhibition commemorating the more than 10,000 prisoners of war (POWs) at Wolfsberg, Carinthia. The Ambassadors from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom were joined by the Mayor of Wolfsberg, Mr Hans Peter Schlagholz, and the Deputy Governor of Carinthia, Ms Gabrielle Schaunig-Kandut.
The exhibition was open for almost two years, and had closed a few days prior to the Ambassadors’ visit. Director Pucker was very touched that the Ambassadors had taken an interest in coming to see the exhibit before it was taken down, and organised a guided tour and made sure the exhibition was still open for the Ambassadors to see.
Director Pucker said that a part of the exhibit will become a permanent memorial to the camp. Some 10,000 prisoners (Commonwealth, French and Soviet) came through the camp. Many were stationed outside to work on farms, in mines or building dams. There were about 800 Australians in the camp, and some who died are buried in Klagenfurt. The camp barracks were still being used in the 1950’s as council housing – “Gemeindebau” – and the current mayor had been born there.
Image above (l-r): Mr Igor Pucker, Director of Museum im Lavanthaus; Mr David Stuart, Australian Ambassador; Ms Gabrielle Schaunig-Kandut, Deputy Governor of Carinthia; Mr Hans Peter Schlagholz, Mayor of Wolfsberg; Ms Deborah Geels, New Zealand Ambassador; Ms Susan le Jeune d’ Allegeershecque, UK Ambassador. Copyright: Büro LHStv.in Schaunig
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).
Visit to lithium mine in Wolfsberg, Carinthia - 10 November 2014
Dr Jürgen Roth, Technical Director of Kärntner Montanindustrie GmbH, received Ambassador Stuart and his spouse at their offices at Schloss Wolfsberg. The company has been bought out by Australian investors who are keen to develop the lithium ore in an existing mine in the Koralpe. The existing mine was closed in 1985 but with excavations and tunnelling planned for the next two years, the lithium ore will be mined as of 2017.
Image above (l-r): Dr Jürgen Roth, Technical Director of Kärntner Montanindustrie GmbH; Mr David Stuart, Australian Ambassador; Ms Isabella Rosenzopf, Kärntner Montanindustrie. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
Remembrance Day ceremony in Hungary
Copyright: UK Embassy, Budapest.
Each year, the UK Embassy in Budapest organises a Remembrance Day service at the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Solymar. The Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy, Mr David Lewis, attended the ceremony on 9 November. The Minister for Defence, Mr Csaba Hende, participated in the service, which was hosted by the UK Ambassador, HE Mr Jonathan Knott, and attended by the Ambassadors of Belgium, Canada, Poland and South Africa, and representatives of Pakistan and New Zealand.
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.
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.
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