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Australia assumes Presidency of the G20
Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched Australia’s presidency of the G20 in Brisbane, Queensland. Australia took over the presidency of the G20 on 1 December 2013 from Russia.
The G20 brings together the leaders of the world’s major economies to deal with the biggest economic challenges – it can take decisive action to make a real and positive difference to people’s lives.
Australia’s G20 Presidency will focus on the key themes of:
-promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes by empowering the private sector, and
-making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks.
The year will culminate in the G20 Leaders Summit to be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane, Queensland.
This will be the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has ever hosted.
Canada hosted the 4th summit in June 2010 in Toronto.
Prime Minister Abbott also unveiled the logo for Australia’s host year. It was designed by Indigenous creative agency Gilimbaa and represents the weaving together of nations, a gathering of leaders and the journeys they will embark upon throughout 2013-14.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman
Read Prime Minister Abbott’s full speech here: http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2013-12-01/australia-assumes-presidency-g20
For further information on Australia’s G20 Presidency, see www.g20.org
Forty years of the Sydney Opera House
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera house. The first concert there, albeit an unofficial one, happened on 9 November, 1960 as Paul Robeson sang for the workers on site.
Foreign Minister addresses need to end sexual violence in conflict
This week, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is leading Australia’s delegation to Leaders’ Week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During the gathering of world leaders and ministers, the UK launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative #TimeToAct on social media platforms – including Twitter and Facebook. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is among 119 leaders calling on all UN countries to sign up to end the use of sexual violence in conflict.
With Australia as President of the United Nations Security Council for the month of September, Ms Bishop will chair a Security Council debate on small arms and light weapons. She will also host a high-level event to promote entry into force of the recently adopted Arms Trade Treaty. Australia welcomes the recent announcement that the United States would become the 95th country to sign onto the Arms Trade Treaty.
During Leaders’ Week, Ms Bishop will conduct a series of bilateral meetings with her counterparts, discuss the situation in Syria, and promote the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.
Click here for the press release previewing the Leaders’ Week
Abbott Ministry sworn in by Governor General Bryce
On 18 September 2013, the first ministry of Prime Minister Tony Abbott was sworn in by the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, at a ceremony at Government House. The Governor General later presided at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council.
|Prime Minister Tony Abbott||Foreign Minister Julie Bishop|
Julie Bishop sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Julie Bishop MP has been sworn in as Australia’s 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs. As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop will lead Australian efforts to strengthen relations with our key partners and drive Australia’s contribution to global and regional forums. Within the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Ms Bishop will also take on the role of Minister for International Development and will oversee a refocussing of the Australian aid program to ensure a more effective and efficient delivery of development assistance.
NAIDOC Week Celebration
Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2013, the Australian High Commission hosted a wonderful performance by Indigenous dance troupe The Chooky Dancers at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. They were supported by Western Australian percussion group Tetrafide. See here for photos and more information.
Anzac Day in Ottawa
The Australian and New Zealand High Commissions commemorated Anzac Day on Thursday 25 April at
the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Canada's Minister of National Defence, the Hon. Peter MacKay P.C., M.P., Canadian Forces personnel, veterans and Australians and New Zealanders in Ottawa joined the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand for a traditional morning service.
Australian Governor-General's visit to Canada
At the invitation of the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Rt Hon David Johnston, and the Government of Canada, Australia's Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE visited Canada from Tuesday 2 April to Sunday 7 April 2013.
On 5 April, the Governor-General gave a keynote address at the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. The speech focused on Australia's multicultural history and future.
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
All Australians in Canada are encouraged to donate to the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. The Trust aims to eradicate avoidable blindness in Commonwealth countries, as well as developing young leaders through its leadership awards scheme. The Australian Government has pledged up to $5 million to the Trust.
Public Consultation: ANZAC Day Services at Gallipoli in 2015
Many Australians would like to attend the commemoration of the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli in 2015. To provide an opportunity for a wide range of Australians to attend these commemorations, the Government has decided to hold a ballot for allocating ‘attendance passes’. Those who would like to participate in the consulation process can visit the Department of Veterans' Affairs below and complete an online survey.