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Prime Minister Abbott's Statement to House of Representatives in Canberra
Madam Speaker, as we all know, overnight there has been an attack on the Canadian Parliament.
A soldier has been killed and others have been wounded following the terrorist murder of a Canadian soldier the day before.
Madam Speaker, apart from New Zealand, no country on earth is more akin to Australia than Canada.
We are both multicultural federations with British institutions, they speak our language, and they share our heritage and our danger.
More than 100 Canadians are believed to be fighting with the ISIL death cult and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and more have been infected with godless fanaticism.
So, Madam Speaker, today, more than ever, Australians and Canadians are family. We feel Canada’s shock, pain and anger.
I have been in their Parliament, I have been at their War Memorial – so many of us have. I regard Stephen Harper, their Prime Minister, as a friend and almost a brother. So, an attack on their Parliament is an affront to this Parliament too.
So, today, Madam Speaker, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Canadian comrades in defiance and resolution.
We stand for freedom and for the right of all people in all places to choose their way of life and their way of worship. We always have and we always will.
Madam Speaker, finally, I note the presence in our Parliament today of Canada’s High Commissioner and I hope that he finds some comfort on this day in the solidarity of our Parliament with him.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa earlier this year
Australia wins ‘Canadian Ashes’ over British High Commission
A bright sunny day set the stage for the annual cricket match between the Australian High Commission and the British High Commission. The game, nicknamed the ‘Canadian Ashes’, has been a tradition between the two embassies for nearly 20 years. It is played on the grounds at Rideau Hall, the residence of Canada’s Governor General David Johnston. The cricket pitch and clubhouse were built in 1872 and have been host to many international games over the years, including in 1932 when cricket legend Don Bradman took to the field. While the teams in 2014 were not exactly Bradman-calibre, it was a close match with the Australian side scraping through for a win. Thanks to the British High Commission for their help with the event, including some lovely scones and sandwiches, and to the Pipes and Drums of the Governor General’s Foot Guard who played the teams onto the field and provided “half-time” entertainment.
Papua New Guinea Visa Applications
Historically, the Australian High Commission acted as an agent for Papua New Guinea (PNG) Immigration. Following new directions from the PNG Government, with effect from 10 July 2014, the Australian High Commission in Ottawa is no longer allowed to accept PNG visa applications. All PNG visa applications have to be lodged by the applicant directly to the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority (PNG ICSA) Office in Port Moresby, PNG.
Condolence Register - Victims of flight MH17
Australians mourn the loss of the 298 victims of Malaysian flight MH17. Our thoughts are with the families of the passengers and crew on MH17 as they struggle to come to terms with their loss, particularly the families of the 28 Australian citizens and nine permanent residents who were on board the flight.
The Australian High Commission in Ottawa will place a condolence register in the lobby (Suite 710, 50 O'Connor St) on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week (23 - 25 July). The public is invited to sign the condolence register from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
For those outside Ottawa or unable to visit the High Commission, an online condolence register is available here.
Thank you for your support in this most difficult time.
Australia's G20 Sherpa delivers keynote address at CIGI in Ottawa
Dr. Heather Smith, Australia’s G20 Sherpa and Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, delivered a keynote address on the challenges and opportunities Australia faces in chairing the G20 during a period of post-crisis consolidation. Dr. Smith spoke on how the Australian presidency of the G20 is working with members to promote growth, build resilience in the global economy and build a durable international order to underpin global prosperity in the twenty-first century. The 2014 G20 leaders’ summit will be held in Brisbane, Australia on 15-16 November 2014.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott visits Ottawa
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Parliamentary Library in Ottawa.
Following a visit to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Ottawa on Sunday 8 June. The two-day visit started at the Canadian War Museum where Prime Minister Abbott announced steps to increase cooperation between the institution and the Australian War Memorial to commemorate the shared contribution of both countries to victory in World War One. Full release
Prime Minister Tony Abbott tours the Canadian War Museum.
In the evening, High Commissioner Louise Hand welcomed Prime Minister Abbott to Australia House for a dinner with business leaders and to do some gardening. The Prime Minister enthusiastically helped the High Commissioner plant a Himalayan Birch. His tree joined those of former Australian Prime Ministers Sir Robert Menzies and John Howard, and former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce in the Residence garden.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott plants a tree in the Residence garden with High Commissioner Louise Hand.
An early bike ride on a beautiful Monday morning started Prime Minister Abbott’s second day in the capital. He was accompanied by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as they traversed Gatineau Park.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Gatineau, QC.
Next up for the Prime Minister was breakfast with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The pair first met in 2005 when Mr Harper was the opposition leader.
“He has taken me under his wing when he was an experienced Prime Minister and I was a mere neophyte Opposition Leader. He has kept me under his wing and I look forward to a strong partnership in all of the forums of the world in the months and years to come.” – Prime Minister Abbott at his official dinner in Ottawa. Full text
The connection between the two leaders and the close bilateral relationship was apparent as Prime Minister Abbott received an impressive welcome on Parliament Hill. This included a 19 gun salute, an inspection of the honour guard, anthems and the multitude of Australian flags all around the city.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
From Prime Minister Harper: “In a recent address to the Australian-Canadian economic leadership forum, you said, and I quote: “Let us make more of the friendship between Australia and Canada for our own good and for the good of the wider world.” Let us use your visit here to renew the bonds of friendship and to recommit to work together for a better Canada, a better Australia, and a better world. Again, we’re delighted that you’ve come, and I look forward to many more equally productive meetings in the months and years ahead.“ Full Text
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Prime Minister Abbott and Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb hosted a discussion roundtable with members of the Australian and Canadian business community, the focus of which was infrastructure and energy investment. Prime Minister Abbott is travelling with a delegation of business leaders from organisations such as: APPEA, Ausfilm, Austmine, Boeing Australia and South Pacific, BHP Billiton, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, IFM Investors, Infrastructure Partnership Australia, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, QIC, and Transurban.
Left: Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb. Right: Co-Chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum Mr Thomas d’Aquino with Prime Ministers Abbott and Harper.
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