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Deal with Europe blasts Australia into the space economy
Volker Liebig, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes (left) and David Williams, CSIRO’s Executive Director of National Facilities and Collections (right) after signing the agreement.
Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has signed an agreement with the European Space Agency to allow more sharing of scientific expertise and to give Australia better access to the space agency’s extensive Earth observation satellite fleet. The agreement, which was signed into effect at the Paris Air Show on 17 June, enhances Australia's involvement in European Earth observation programs. It gives CSIRO and Australia's research community improved access to massive new datasets produced by the European Space Agency's programs, such as the upcoming 'Biomass' mission that will help improve the way we map forests, crops, other natural vegetation and their carbon stocks. Read more
Signature of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
Australia’s Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng signing the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in Canberra on 17 June 2015, witnessed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng on 17 June have signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), which will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come. China is Australia's largest export market for both goods and services, accounting for nearly a third of total exports, and a growing source of foreign investment. Read more
Australia's bid to join global procurement agreement
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb announced on 2nd June that Australia will launch a bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). Mr Robb said global government procurement markets represented major opportunities for Australian business. Read more
Australia signs up to Common Reporting Standard
Parliamentary Secretary Steven Ciobo underlined Australia’s commitment to tackling tax evasion at the annual Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development with Australia signing up to the Common Reporting Standard. Read more
Ambassador Higgie marks National Reconciliation Week
To mark National Reconciliation Week (NRW) Ambassador Higgie on 2nd June laid a wreath at the gravestone of Private Rufus Rigney in Harelbeke, Belgium. NRW is held annually from 27 May to 3rd June to promote greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. Private Rigney and his brother Cyril were Aboriginal soldiers who died in Belgium in 1917 while serving in the Australian Imperial Force during World War One (WWI). They were aged 17 and 20 respectively. Estimates put the number of Aborigines and Torres Straight Islanders who fought in WWI at between 500 and 1500.
Minister Robb strongly rejects TPP scaremongering over cattle biosecurity
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has strongly rejected suggestions that he would support measures in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that could potentially harm Australia’s cattle herds. Read more
Final complying investment design for the Significant and Premium Investor Visas: Measures will promote investment and innovation
New investment in innovative Australian ideas and emerging companies will be encouraged as part of enhanced Significant Investment Visa (SIV) and new Premium Investor Visa (PIV) complying investment framework arrangements announced on 15 May. Read more
Supporting Nepal's Long-Term Recovery
The Australian Government will provide additional support to help the people of Nepal recover from the devastating earthquake. Our thoughts continue to be with the millions of people affected by this tragic event. Funding of an additional A$10 million will provide critical assistance to help people rebuild their lives. Read more
Foreign Affairs Minister represented Australia at ANZAC Day Commemorations in Belgium
On 25 April 2015 Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop represented the Australian Government at ANZAC Day commemorations in Ypres, Belgium to highlight the importance Australia attaches to honouring sacrifices made on the Western Front during the First World War. Nearly 13,000 Australians lost their lives in Belgium during the First World War. In Ypres, from August to November 1917, Australia suffered 38,000 casualties – our most costly experience of war.
Anzac Day in Flanders 2015
The Australian Embassy, in collaboration with local municipalities and the New Zealand Embassy, again organised a program of commemorations in Belgium on ANZAC Day. The day's program started at 6am with the Dawn Service at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood. Services then followed at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Menin Gate in Ieper/Ypres and Toronto Avenue Cemetery in Ploegsteert. There was also Australian participation during the nightly Last Post Association ceremonies at Menin Gate on the 24th and 25th April.
Foreign Minister Bishop Meets with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 22nd April met with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in Brussels to take Australia-EU cooperation to a new level. In a statement afterwards Minister Bishop said: We marked the end of negotiations of the EU Australia Framework Agreement, which will provide a strong basis for developing our cooperation on a range of foreign and security policy matters. We discussed ways in which we can bring economic growth, jobs and prosperity to Australia and the EU, including through a potential Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement. Read more
Towards a closer Australia-EU Partnership: Joint Declaration of the Australian Foreign Minister and the EU's High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission
Chief Scientist visits Brussels for discussions on European approaches to research infrastructure funding and operations
Prof Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia (left) is pictured with Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission (EC) in charge of Research, Science and Innovation. Photo credit: EC
The Chief Scientist for Australia, Professor Ian Chubb AC, was in Brussels on 27 April for meetings as part of a visit which also included the UK, UK and Germany. In Brussels, the Chief Scientist met with the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas (pictured at right) and the Director-General of Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits. He held discussions with officials on European approaches to research infrastructure funding and operations. In addition, Professor Chubb had the opportunity to address the launch at the Lisbon Council of Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Europe as the Juncker Commission considers its approach to scientific advice.
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships now open
The 2016 round of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is now open. Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for citizens around the world to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas. Read more
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