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  • DFAT Secretary Frances Adamson: Smart choice and a radical reform

    The Interpreter | 04 Aug, 2016

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull named Frances Adamson as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's new secretary on 20 July, making her the first woman to hold the post. The smart money had been on Ms Adamson to be appointed and internal and external reactions were generally very positive.

  • Marking UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

    DFAT Media | 04 Aug, 2016

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) are co-hosting a whole-of-government event on Thursday 4 August to mark UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which takes place annually on 30 July.

  • Aust, NZ in virtual joint aid exercise

    News.com | 03 Aug, 2016

    Humanitarian operations in a fictional South Pacific country are the focus of a joint exercise involving military personnel from Australia, New Zealand, China and the United States. ... The exercise will also look at the role of women in peace and security operations, working with government and non-government agencies, and the military's role in an humanitarian crisis.

  • UK to 'leverage' £12bn foreign aid budget for trade deals

    Daily Telegraph | 02 Aug, 2016

    International Development Secretary Priti Patel, a prominent Brexit campaigner during the referendum, says her department will look to use meetings with foreign leaders from countries that receive aid to "open the door" to new deals.

  • What’s to be done with Oxfam?

    Transformation | 01 Aug, 2016

    Too small to influence economics, too bureaucratic to be social movements, banned from politics and removed from the societies they’re trying to change, where do NGOs go next?

  • Additional humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Media Release | 01 Aug, 2016

    Myanmar continues to face humanitarian challenges with more than one million people requiring humanitarian assistance this year. I discussed Myanmar’s humanitarian needs with my counterpart, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • A Bloody Boycott

    ABC Foreign Correspondant | 21 Jul, 2016

    Eight or more students shot, universities boycotted, a prime minister fighting for his political life. Eric Tlozek looks behind the unrest afflicting Australia’s nearest neighbour, PNG.

  • Frances Adamson appointed as DFAT's first female secretary

    ABC News | 20 Jul, 2016

    Australia's next top diplomat is an expert in China and Asian relations, and will be the first woman to take the role as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

  • Australian foreign policy needs a broader conception of our national interest

    The Conversation | 20 Jul, 2016

    In a world of growing uncertainty – exemplified by the UK’s Brexit vote, the possibility of a Trump presidency in the US, the recent decision on China’s activities in the South China Sea, and a near-coup in Turkey – Australia needs a clear bipartisan vision of its role in the world and a strategic agenda for the long-term national interest.

  • Obama pledges aid to developing countries regardless of who succeeds him as president

    The Washington Times | 20 Jul, 2016

    With Donald Trump vowing to scrub America’s foreign aid budget, President Obama promised Wednesday that the U.S. would maintain its spending on developing countries long after he leaves office.

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