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Australia tougher than ever on illegal boat arrivals
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, today said anti-people smuggling measures the Australian Government had introduced, including a ban on permanent protection visas for people who arrived before July 19 this year, demonstrated the strength of the Government’s resolve. Read more
We'll harness power of the G20: Prime Minister of Australia
AS the 12th largest economy in the world, Australia supports global efforts to promote economic growth, create jobs and strengthen the global economy against future economic setbacks.
Our economy is currently in its 22nd consecutive year of growth. All Australians have shared the benefits of that growth. This growth hasn't been an accident. The Hawke, Keating and Howard governments all played a part in making Australia more competitive. The new Coalition government is doing its part too: we are scrapping bad taxes, cutting red and green tape, building infrastructure and cutting waste. Read more.
Australia’s time to lead the way on economic issues: Treasurer of Australia, the Hon Joe Hockey MP
The world is suffering weak economic growth. Unemployment remains unacceptably high in many countries, financial systems are vulnerable and government balance sheets remain under stress.
Five years after the global financial crisis, the International Monetary. Fund predicts global growth will average 2.9 per cent in 2013, below the 3.2 per cent of 2012, and will rise to 3.6 per cent in 2014. Read more.
Australia will support India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group
The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has announced that Australia will support India's full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
"I was pleased to inform the Indian External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid, of the decision of the Australian government to support India's full membership of the NSG, just as we will support India's participation in all of the major export control regimes", said Ms Bishop during her visit to Delhi on 18 November. To read more, click here.
Foreign Minister's visit to India
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Mumbai and New Delhi on 15-18 November, strongly signaling the priority the Government places on strengthening Australia's relations with India.
"My visit follows the positive and substantive meeting between our two Prime Ministers in October and my meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Khurshid in Perth two weeks ago", Ms Bishop said. Click here to read more.
Speech by the Hon Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Confederation of Indian Industries in Mumbai on 16 November 2013
For text of the speech, please click here: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/speeches/2013/jb_sp_131117.html
Operation Soverign Borders
The Australian Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing illegal maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).
OSB is a military-led border security initiative to stop the boats, to prevent people risking their lives at sea in the hands of criminals, and to preserve the integrity of Australia’s immigration program.
The new policy introduces a rapid transfer process where asylum seekers are transferred to either the country of Papua New Guinea or country of Nauru within 48 hours of arrival in Australia. The new policy also includes the expansion of processing centres in both locations as well as the turning back of asylum seeker boats.
More information: http://www.customs.gov.au/site/operation-sovereign-borders.asp
Speech by the Hon Andrew Robb AO, MP, Australian Minister for Trade & Investment delivered at the Indian Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Sydney
For text of speech, please click here: http://trademinister.gov.au/speeches/2013/ar_sp_131111.html
Working with the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka and India
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka from 13-15 November.
Australia, as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, has worked hard to strengthen and reform the Commonwealth to ensure it remains an effective and modern organisation.
The Minister will meet Sri Lankan Government Ministers to discuss trade and investment, human rights and cooperation on combatting people smuggling. Ms Bishop will also meet leading members of Sri Lankan opposition parties. Click here to read more: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2013/jb_mr_131112.html
Australia and India Advance Strategic Partnership
Media Release from the Office of the Australian Foreign Minister, The Hon Julie Bishop MP: http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2013/jb_mr_131101.html
Australia hosts the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation in Perth
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will welcome foreign ministers from around the Indian Ocean region to Perth this week for the annual Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) meeting.
Australia will assume the role of IOR-ARC Chair for a two year term, taking over from India during the meetings from 30 October to 1 November, 2013. Indonesia will assume the role of Vice Chair. Read more.
Sri Lankans sent to Papua New Guinea
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today confirmed 22 Sri Lankan nationals who arrived by boat were transferred to Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The charter flight, escorted by the Australian Federal Police, DIAC staff, interpreters and medical staff, departed Christmas Island yesterday evening.
The group arrived in PNG today and was transferred to the regional processing centre where they will be accommodated while the PNG Government processes their refugee claims.
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Regional Resettlement Arrangement with Nauru
- First families transferred to Nauru under the regional settlement arrangement
- Media Release: English
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Nauru and the Commonwealth of Australia, relating to the transfer to and assessment of persons in Nauru, and related issues
First transfer to Manus Island under the Regional Settlement Arrangement, 1 August 2013
The first group of 40 people have departed Christmas Island on July 31 for Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, formally bringing into effect the Regional Settlement Arrangement agreed on July 19. Refugee claims from the single adult men will be assessed under PNG law and, if found to be refugees, the men will be settled in PNG. This demonstrates that if you come to Australia by boat without a visa, you will not be settled here. Transfers to the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre will continue regularly.
Australia and Papua New Guinea Regional Settlement Arrangement
- Latest By boat, no visa campaign video clip: Tamil I Urdu
- PNG transferees urge others not to travel by boat: View video
- Video clip: English I Tamil
- Press advertisement: English I Tamil
- Fact sheet: English I Tamil
- Regional Settlement Arrangement between Australia and Papua New Guinea: English
- For further information please go to: http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/humanitarian/novisa/
Applying for a passport for a child born through surrogacy – New Policy
New requirements for passport applications involving children born as a result of surrogacy arrangements will take effect from 24 April 2013. Click here for more information.
Important changes to Australia's visitor and business visa programs
From 23 March 2013 the Australian government intends to introduce significant changes to Visitor, Business Visitor (short-stay) and Medical Treatment visas.
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