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The New South Wales (NSW) State election will take place on 28 March 2015. Voting services will NOT be available at Australian overseas missions. All eligible voters who will be overseas on election day can use the iVote system online to lodge their vote. To register and vote using the iVote system, visit the iVote website or call +61 2 9290 5287. Further information on the election, including enrollment and early voting can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website.
Enhancing Australia’s investor visa program
Joint media releease:
• Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP
• Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Michaelia Cash
12 February 2015
The Abbott Government has today released a draft investment framework for an enhanced Significant Investor Visa Scheme (SIV) and design options for a new Premium Investor Visa (PIV) as part of its broader competitiveness agenda.
The reforms are aimed at better directing investment through the visa schemes into more dynamic areas of the economy, including venture capital and small emerging companies.
The framework and design options were developed by Austrade following initial rounds of stakeholder consultation which attracted 68 written submissions. (more)
Performance of Australian Aid 2013-14
11 February 2015
Today I release the inaugural Performance of Australian Aid report on the record of the Australian aid program in 2013-14.
The report is a key part of the new performance framework for Australia’s aid, Making Performance Count, introduced by the Coalition Government in June 2014.
Australia’s aid program is performing efficiently and effectively to contribute to the goal of promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in our region. (more)
Promoting Australian business ties with the United States
4 February 2015
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment, Steven Ciobo, will visit Texas and Louisiana between 4-8 February to promote Australian resource capability and foster economic ties with the South Eastern United States.
Mr Ciobo will attend the Australia America Chamber of Commerce (AACC) Energy Conference and meet senior oil and gas industry representatives.
He will also tour local infrastructure such as Port of Houston, expected to undergo substantial growth following the Panama Canal expansion, and promote Australian expertise in fields such as medical research.
“The United States is a key economic partner for Australia,” Mr Ciobo said. (more)
Visit to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates
27 January 2015
Yesterday I visited our military and civilian personnel stationed in Afghanistan for Australia Day. I thanked them for their outstanding service to our contribution to peace and security efforts for the people of Afghanistan.
I also met with representatives of the newly formed Afghan government in Kabul to reiterate Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan as the government enters a transition phase to take responsibility for security across the country.
Approximately 400 Australians are currently serving as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission which came into effect on 1 January 2015. Australia and Afghanistan enjoy a close partnership and we have provided over $1 billion in development assistance to Afghanistan since 2001. (more)
Australian Colours to light up Empire State Building
23 January 2015
To mark Australia Day in the United States, Hugh Jackman and I took part in a ‘Flicking of the Switch’ ceremony to light New York’s iconic Empire State Building in green and gold.
Australia and the United States are long-standing economic partners.
The United States is Australia’s most significant investor with over A$650 billion invested in 2013, and our third largest two-way trading partner in goods and services, which in 2013-14 was worth nearly A$60 billion. (more)
New air deal with China: 2015 off to a flying start for Australian tourism
Joint media statement
• Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
• Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment
23 January 2015
Growth opportunities for Australia’s tourism industry are set to increase following the settlement of a landmark new air services agreement between Australia and China.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, along with Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb, who is responsible for tourism, today announced the conclusion of negotiations between the two countries.
“Making it possible for Asian markets to grow has been a key priority for the Abbott Government, and this new deal with China will allow Chinese airlines to almost triple their services to Australia over the next two years,” Mr Truss said. (more)
Strengthening the alliance in Washington
22 January 2015
Today I held meetings in Washington with senior Administration and Congress leaders, including insightful and productive discussions with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker.
We discussed the shared challenge of violent extremism, in particular the problem of our citizens travelling overseas to fight with terrorist organisations. Australia and the United States are united in our commitment to deep cooperation to overcome the menace of terrorism at home and abroad. (more)
Opening of ANZAC Centenary exhibition in Washington
22 January 2015
Today, with Australian War Memorial Dr Director Brendan Nelson, I opened the exhibition ‘A Centenary of Australian War Art’ at the Australian Embassy in Washington.
The exhibition marks 100 years since the ANZAC landing in 1915, a defining moment in Australia’s military history and our national story.
A Centenary of Australian War Art consists of 41 artworks from the Australian War Memorial depicting Australian military experience from the First World War to Afghanistan. It is the most comprehensive exhibition of official Australian war art ever seen outside Australia. (more)
High-level consultations in Washington
21 January 2015
Today I met with senior White House and USA national security officials to discuss our shared challenges in combatting terrorism at home and abroad.
Meetings with National Security Agency director Admiral Michael Rogers, CIA director John Brennan and National Intelligence director Lt Gen James Clapper provided an important opportunity to consolidate the high-level counter-terrorism engagement and intelligence cooperation between our two countries. (more)
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to visit the United States
19 January 2015
Today I depart for a week long visit to Washington and New York.
In Washington I will continue the Government’s close consultation with US counterparts on shared foreign policy and security challenges, including countering violent extremism in the wake of recent attacks in Paris, Ottawa and Sydney. Countering terrorism in all its forms is one of the Government’s highest national security priorities.
I will meet with senior leaders in the White House and US security officials and on 20 January I will attend President Obama’s State of the Union Address at the Capitol. (more)
Australia India trade ties closer than ever
16 January 2015
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today said Australia and India were on the cusp of a new dawn in their commercial relationship as he officially wrapped up Australia Business Week in India (ABWI), a week-long roadshow designed to boost trade and investment between the two countries.
"There is something special going on in India. The enormous vision of Prime Minister Modi has excited many people. Australia is looking forward to being a part of this very important period in India's re-emergence as a significant power," Mr Robb said.
Mr Robb had a series of high-level government meetings including with Prime Minister Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and a number of other senior ministers. (more)
Japan FTA creates a world of opportunity
15 January 2015
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb is encouraging businesses to explore potential export opportunities with Japan, as the Free Trade Agreement with Australia’s second-largest trading partner commences today.
Speaking from Mumbai where he is leading a 450-strong Australian business delegation, Mr Robb said the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) provides improved access to Japan’s growing markets, with more than 97 per cent of Australia’s exports receiving preferential or duty free access when fully implemented.
“JAEPA is the most liberalising trade agreement Japan has ever signed, giving Australian exporters a significant advantage over their competitors. Its commencement also comes at a time when a softer Australian dollar is working to the benefit of our exporters,” Mr Robb said. (more)
Robb leads major business mission to India
9 January 2015
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb will lead Australia’s largest-ever business mission to India from 9-16 January, building on the growing economic momentum between our two countries.
Australia Business Week in India (ABWI) will include around 450 Australian business leaders who represent a wide range of sectors, including resources and energy, infrastructure, transport, agribusiness and food, financial services, health and medical, sport, cultural services, tourism, education and training. (more)