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New Funding for Australian Doctors fo...

New Funding for Australian Doctors for Africa

In a meeting with Madagascar’s Prime Minister and Health Minister Dr Roger Kolo during my recent visit to the Indian Ocean region, I announced over $40,000 in new funding for one of Australia’s most respected humanitarian organisations Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA). I was pleased that Curtin electorate resident Dr Graham Forward, an eminent West […]

“The Case For Change” ...

“The Case For Change” – Address By The Hon. Joe Hockey MP, Treasurer

by The Hon. Joe Hockey MP Treasurer Introduction I am delighted to be here today as a guest of the Spectator Magazine. As many of you would know, the Spectator Magazine in the UK has a long and distinguished record of commenting on politics and current affairs. The magazine was first published way back in the […]

Prime Minister visits Telethon Kids I...

Prime Minister visits Telethon Kids Institute

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Federal Member for Curtin and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop yesterday met with researchers and staff at the Telethon Kids Institute to see firsthand the work being done to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children. Director Jonathan Carapetis and Telethon chairman Kerry Stokes took Prime Minister Abbott and Minister […]

Legislation introduced to give Curtin...

Legislation introduced to give Curtin veterans a fair go

Veterans living in Curtin will benefit from the Government’s legislation to deliver fair indexation which was introduced into Parliament this week. Federal Member for Curtin Julie Bishop said the introduction of this legislation gives effect to the Government’s long standing commitment to the veterans living in Curtin and Western Australia and will assist 148 Curtin […]

What the Australian Government is Pla...

What the Australian Government is Planning for Its Health System

Healthcare systems are the source of public debate the world over and Australia is no different. Demographic changes and burgeoning technology are two global trends that have seen the Canberra government wrestling with the future of Australia’s health system. Although the Commonwealth Government has set out a number of root and branch reforms, new research […]

Prime Minister – Strengthening ...

Prime Minister – Strengthening Trade Ties To Boost Economic Growth

In April, I will visit Japan, Korea and China to further strengthen ties between our countries, broaden and deepen our relationships and help boost trade activity to drive growth and job creation in Australia. These countries represent 40 per cent of Australia’s total two-way trade in goods and services – valued at $250 billion. I […]

UWA students set to study in Asia

UWA students set to study in Asia

Federal Member for Curtin and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has congratulated the University of Western Australia in Curtin for being one of the 24 Australian universities to receive grant funding under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. The Government has committed $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the plan, which will […]

Ambassador for Women and Girls

Ambassador for Women and Girls

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash are delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM as Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls. Gender empowerment is a priority for the Australian Government’s overseas development program. Ms Stott Despoja’s appointment reflects the Government’s wish to be […]

Conditions on Nauru better than in Au...

Conditions on Nauru better than in Australian mining camps

The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, says conditions at the Nauru detention camp for asylum seekers are better than in Australian mining camps. Bishop visited the immigration processing centre as part of a three-day tour of the Pacific that included the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. She said living standards for the more than 700 asylum seekers […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela will forever be remembered as more than a political leader, he was a moral leader. He spent much of his life standing against the injustice of apartheid. When that fight was won, he inspired us again by his capacity to forgive and reconcile his country. […]

Visit To Afghanistan

Visit To Afghanistan

Today, along with the Chief of the Defence Force, the Defence Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, I visited Australian military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan to mark the approaching end of Australia’s mission in Uruzgan Province. The ceremony at the Multi-National Base – Tarin Kot marked the closure of the Provincial Reconstruction Team, […]

Establishment Of Australian Centre Fo...

Establishment Of Australian Centre For Indonesia Studies

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Australian Centre for Indonesia Studies. The Centre’s mandate will be to strengthen and deepen Australia-Indonesia business, cultural, educational, research and community links. The Centre will also promote greater understanding of contemporary Indonesia and its growing importance to Australia. Indonesia is in many respects Australia’s most important […]

Julie Bishop sworn in as Minister for...

Julie Bishop sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Julie Bishop MP was sworn in as Australia’s 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs this morning at Government House in Canberra. Ms Bishop will assume this senior frontbench position at a critical time in international relations; when Australia is President of the United Nations Security Council, and as Australia assumes the Chair of the […]

Tony Abbott – Address To The 20...

Tony Abbott – Address To The 2013 Federal Coalition Campaign Launch

E&OE: I am so proud of my girls…I am proud of my family that has given me so much…I am so proud of my team and I am so proud of our country… Again, I want to speak directly to you, the Australian people. This election is about making a great country even better; and […]

PNG ‘solution’, foreign aid, turning ...

PNG ‘solution’, foreign aid, turning back boats policy, school funding, election campaign

E&OE… JULIE BISHOP    Good afternoon, good to be with you. RAFAEL EPSTEIN    I tested Brendon O’Connor I suppose on a few things that the government had said. I’d like to test you on a few things you have said. You’ve been accused of verballing both the Indonesian Ambassador and the Prime Minister of Papua New […]

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