Foreign Affairs

July 2015

National consumer law review agreed – July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Acting Treasurer Bruce Billson says Australia’s consumer affairs ministers have agreed on terms of reference for the first review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Government formalises Asia Infrastructure Bank membership - July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Infrastructure,

The Australian Government has formally signed-up to become one of 57 founding members of the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

June 2015

Government’s people smuggler payments under scrutiny - June 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Immigration,

Reports that people smugglers were paid by Australian authorities to turn their boats around and head back to Indonesia have embarrassed both sides of Australian politics.

May 2015

Australia accedes to international wills agreement – May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

In a move designed to simplify succession law in Australia, the Australian Government has acceded to an international agreement known as the Convention Providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will.

Australia joins World Bank infrastructure fund – May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Australia is providing $25 million to the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF), which will facilitate greater private sector investment in the infrastructure of emerging market and developing countries.

Indonesian executions renew strains in relations – May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Climate Change, Environment,

The Coalition took office with Prime Minister Tony Abbott declaring that improved relations with Indonesia was priority on his foreign policy agenda. The execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has again jeopardized that goal.

April 2015

DFAT launches aid innovation program – April 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has launched her department’s development innovation hub, to be known as innovationXchange.

Australia reverses decision and joins Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank – April 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

The Australian Government is moving to become a founding member of the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

February 2015

Australia re-establishes bilateral relations with Fiji following election – February 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Normal bilateral relations between Australia and Fiji were restored in October 2014, after Fiji’s parliamentary elections.

Labor highlights Government divisions over China infrastructure bank – February 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

The Federal Opposition believes Australia should be actively engaging China on its proposal for an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Australia and Japan finalise trade treaty and strengthen ties – February 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The prime ministers of Australia and Japan in July 2014 signed what they described as an “historic” free trade agreement to be known as the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).

Agreements reached with Japan and Korea – China to go – February 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in April 2014 undertook his most ambitious exercise in international relations since winning office, with visits to Japan, South Korea and China.

November 2014

G20 agrees on growth commitment

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

“Raising global growth to deliver better living standards and quality jobs for people across the world is our highest priority.”

October 2014

Prime Minister’s foreign affairs focus overshadows Budget - October 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Foreign Affairs,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been increasingly involving himself in international affairs as the public is bombarded with more and more information about Ebola, terrorism and the looming G20 summit in Brisbane.

Dissenting voices emerge on Iraq commitment - October 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Several cross and back-benchers have expressed misgivings about Australia’s renewed commitment to military action in Iraq – despite the decision being overwhelmingly supported by both the Coalition and Labor.

August 2014

Foreign Affairs: Australian PM congratulates Indonesian Presidential victor

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the presidential election in Indonesia as a milestone for the country.

Abbott concentrates on international issues - August 2014

Filed under: Cooper Superannuation Review, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Many observers raised an eyebrow at the decision by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to extend his post-MH17 mission in the northern hemisphere rather than return home for the annual ministerial meetings with the United States known as AUSMIN.

Abbott’s unexpected overseas success as 12 month anniversary approaches

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

As Tony Abbott sought out photo opportunities across Europe and the Middle East in the wake of his unexpected success in international relations, and as opinion polls showed a steady increase in the Government’s – and Mr Abbott’s – standing, commentator Phillip Adams tweeted that he had noticed that the further away from Australia he was the more popular the Prime Minister becomes. “The distant galaxies beckon,” he said.

June 2014

Coalition - 6 June 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Foreign Affairs,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stepped back from the battle to sell the Budget for the longest overseas mission since the election, visiting Indonesia, the World War Two battlefields of France, then Canada and the United States.

May 2014

Government undermining Fair Work Commission says Labor

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

The Federal Opposition has accused Employment Minister Eric Abetz of using proxies to float his plans for a new appeals body to “undermine” the authority of the Fair Work Commission.

April 2014

Minister heads trade mission to Middle East

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture,

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is visiting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to build on export opportunities and improve commercial connections for Australian agriculture.

October 2013

Coalition - October 2013

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a confident and competent entry to the international stage, though not without some awkward moments.

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