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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 [...]

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 A [...]

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, [...]

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 r [...]

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 seeker [...]

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. While the world may never s [...]

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 Reconstruc [...]

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 Aus [...]

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 G [...]

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 that starts with changing the worst government in our h [...]

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 Guinea. Peter O’Neill was ve [...]

An economic agenda for a reforming go...

An economic agenda for a reforming government
Ladies and gentlemen, as our host today is the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, I should acknowledge the extraordinary contribution to Australia that Jewish people have made. Australia is the only country in the world, outside of Israel, where Jewish people have been Chief Justice, Commander in Chief of the Army, and Head of State. It’s [...]

Address to American Australian Associ...

Address to American Australian Association Benefit Dinner
E&OE… Friends of Australia, Friends of the United States. Recently I came across an old newspaper clipping, the Canberra Times, 9th of January 1940. Sir Robert Menzies, then Prime Minister, had a nnounced that Richard Casey would be Australia’s first Ambassador to the United States. According to the report, President Roosevelt had recipr [...]

Parliamentary Friends of Red Cross Au...

Parliamentary Friends of Red Cross Australia Appeal Launch
Good morning I’m delighted to be here with Tanya Plibersek, with the head of Red Cross Robert Tickner and friends of Red Cross Australia. We are here, fortunately inside and not outside, on a crisp Canberra morning to pledge our support for Australian Red Cross, to congratulate the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Red Cross on their first [...]

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