#VPinAsia : Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region

November 18, 2018 One year ago in Vietnam, President Donald J. Trump laid out America’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous. This week, Vice President Michael R. Pence reaffirmed the ironclad and enduring U.S. commitment to the region and highlighted expanded cooperation with our partners. ...
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The Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership

November 17, 2018 Papua New Guinea has invited Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States to work together to support its enhanced connectivity and the goal of connecting 70% of its population to electricity by 2030. Currently only about 13% of Papua New Guinea’s population have reliable access to electricity. Access to electricity is ...
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Joint Statement of the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, and Japan

November 17, 2018 Today, the governments of the United States, Australia, and Japan, sharing a commitment to maintain and promote an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, prosperous, and secure, announce important progress in our shared dedication to addressing the infrastructure needs of the region. On 12 November, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and ...
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U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations

Media Release – November 15, 2018 On November 15, senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met in Singapore for consultations on the Indo-Pacific region. The officials reaffirmed a shared commitment to maintain and strengthen a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous. They further ...
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Julie Bishop awarded inaugural U.S. Mission Award for Leadership Excellence, in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt

October 24, 2018 – Canberra  Today the U.S. Mission Australia celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Embassy in Canberra and Eleanor Roosevelt’s historic trip to Australia and the Pacific by establishing the U.S. Mission Award for Leadership Excellence – awarded to former Australian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Julie Bishop.  The award honors Eleanor ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Carouso Speech: The U.S. Mission Award for Leadership Excellence in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt – Canberra

As prepared for delivery – October 24, 2018 Ladies and gentlemen, it’s an honor to present this inaugural award for Leadership Excellence in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Eleanor Roosevelt’s dedication of the very ground on which we stand this evening. We are in a time of change.  A tipping point where the voices ...
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Diversity Visa (“Green Card”) Lottery 2020

Media Release – October 2nd, 2018 The United States Department of State has announced the Diversity Visa Lottery for 2020 (DV2020).  This program is sometimes referred to as the “Green Card Lottery.”  Each year this program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas available through a lottery to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Carouso Speech: Young Australians in International Affairs Gala National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – September 13, 2018) Thank you, Lauren, and I’d also like to acknowledge Mercedes Page, CEO of Young Australians in International Affairs.  Thank you for the invitation to speak. I could start tonight by going into what an honor and a privilege it is to engage with such a distinguished group ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 4, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne by phone on August 30 and congratulated her on her recent appointment. The two reaffirmed the close alignment of the United States and Australia and pledged to ...
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Our Alliance in Action: How the U.S.-Australia partnership is creating innovative new careers for young Australians

August, 2018 THERE is a cutting-edge, multi-billion dollar industry in Australia where Americans and Aussies work side-by-side every day. It’s where US companies founded an ecosystem that is creating new opportunities for local businesses and young Australians. It is the U.S.-Australia Alliance In Action. This month, we’re shining our #AllianceInAction spotlight on large U.S.-based aerospace ...
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The U.S., Australia and Japan Announce Trilateral Partnership on Infrastructure Investment in the Indo-Pacific

July 30, 2018 WASHINGTON – Today at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, leaders from the U.S.’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and the Australian government announced a trilateral partnership to invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region that build infrastructure, address key development challenges, ...
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Joint Statement: Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations 2018

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis hosted Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne on July 23-24 for the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in Palo Alto, California. Holding the meeting in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the ...
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Fact Sheet: 2018 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations

July 24, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne met at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California July 23-24, 2018. The Secretaries and Ministers noted a number of initiatives through which the people of the United ...
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100 years of Mateship: U.S. Senate passes resolution recognizing 100 years of the United States-Australia relationship

MDM18690  IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES RESOLUTION Recognizing 100 years of the United States-Australia relationship — 100 years of Mateship.   Whereas United States and Australian troops first fought to- gether in and won the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in France on July 4, 1918, under the command of Australian ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Carouso Speech: Independence Day Celerbration – Larrakeyah Barracks, NT

As prepared for delivery, July 9, 2018 Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining us to celebrate America’s Independence Day, and thank you to our hosts here at Larrakeyah Barracks. I wish to acknowledge the people of the Larrakeyah Nation, on whose land we are gathered today. I pay my respects to their Elders, past ...
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CyberTaipan competition launch for Australian youth

Monday June 25, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Canberra is proud to host the launch of CyberTaipan – the Australian Youth Cyber Defence Competition. CyberTaipan, modelled on the U.S. Air Force Association’s  CyberPatriot  program, is delivered locally by  Northrop Grumman Australia  in partnership with  AustCyber  (the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).  AustCyber estimates there will be a national shortfall of ...
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Five Things To Know About This Year’s International Religious Freedom Report Release

Source: https://www.state.gov/ – May 30, 2018 2018 Marks the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act In 1998, Congress overwhelmingly passed the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Act –groundbreaking and bipartisan legislation that affirmed the importance of promoting international religious freedom as a key aspect of America’s foreign policy. President Clinton signed it into law on ...
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Just Released: The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report

  The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department ...
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An Australian War Widow’s ANZAC Message

Sydney – April 20, 2018 CONSUL General Valerie Fowler began ANZAC Day commemorations this year by attending the War Widow Guild’s ANZAC Remembrance Service at St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney on Friday, April 20. At the service, contemporary war widow Gwen Cherne shared her experience with the congregation. Gwen’s poignant words resonated powerfully with Consul General ...
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International Graphics Processing Unit Hackathon officially launched in Perth

For immediate release – Monday, 16 April 2018 The U.S. Department of Energy’ s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), NVIDIA Corporation and Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Centre inaugurated the first Australian Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) hackathon in Perth. During the launch, Pawsey representatives, participants and mentors were joined by U.S. Consul General, Perth, Rachel Cooke and other representatives from the U.S. Consulate. The ...
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Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso Speech: United States-Australia Cancer Moonshot Roundtable, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – March 22, 2018) Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining us here at the U.S. Embassy Canberra for today’s Cancer Moonshot roundtable.  It’s fantastic to see such continued and active engagement in this partnership at the highest levels of government, academia and medical practice. This initiative was established in 2016 ...
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2018 United States-Australia Cancer Moonshot Roundtable 

On March 22, the U.S.-Australia Cancer Moonshot Roundtable will take place in Canberra. This Roundtable follows on from  three agreements  signed during former Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Australia in July 2016.  The aim of the meeting is to broaden collaboration between the U.S. National Cancer Institute and Australian organizations in cancer research. It also aims to deepen cooperation ...
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Joint Statement by United States President Donald J. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 23, 2018 The American-Australian alliance is rock solid and based on a common purpose: to promote peace and prosperity.  Our friendship is underpinned by a deep alignment of interests and our societies’ shared commitment to the values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.  We ...
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The White House: Trump-Turnbull meeting strengthens the alliance

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 23, 2018 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S MEETING WITH AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL STRENGTHENS THE UNITED STATES-AUSTRALIA ALLIANCE AND CLOSE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP “For a century now, the people of the United States and Australia have inspired the world with their determination, bravery, and generosity. I know ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia Before Bilateral Meeting

 Issued on: February 23, 2018 via Whitehouse.gov PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s an honor to have Prime Minister Turnbull, Mrs. Turnbull — friends of mine and friends of Melania for, actually, quite some time. The relationship we have with Australia is a terrific relationship, and probably stronger now than ever before — maybe because of our ...
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Making a difference with Young Pacific Leaders 2018

Young Pacific Leaders 2018 (#YPL18) brought together 37 dynamic community leaders from across the Pacific Ocean in a conference about leadership and development. It was the fifth conference in a series of programs sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The program comprised formal and informal activities arranged by the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program ...
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President Trump to welcome Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House in February

February 2, 2018 President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia to the White House on February 23, 2018.  President Trump looks forward to further enhancing our partnership and alliance, and demonstrating our shared commitment to the democratic values that underpin peace and prosperity around the world.  The President and Prime ...
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Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso Speech: Meritorious Unit Commendation HMAS Adelaide – Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – January 29, 2018) Six months ago, three U.S. Marines tragically lost their lives when their MV22 Osprey aircraft entered the water off the coast of Queensland. Just days before, these young men and their crewmates on board the USS Bonhomme Richard had been proud participants in what had been yet ...
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East West Center and U.S. Department of State Convene Young Pacific Leaders in Hawai’i

Media Release – January 16, 2018 The East-West Center and United States Department of State will conduct a three-day regional conference for young leaders from Pacific islands nations from January 16 to 18, 2018. The delegates are a diverse group of young professionals from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, ...
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Acting Chargé d’Affaires Mike Heath Speech: Canberra International Physics Summer School – Canberra

 (As prepared for delivery – January 15, 2018) Ladies and gentlemen: welcome and thank you for having me here today. We’re now one week into the 24th Canberra International Physics Summer School and I hope you’re all well and truly engrossed in the facets of topological matter. The U.S. Embassy is very proud to be ...
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Elvis lives… in Parkes, NSW!

What a weekend of Elvis-themed fun in Parkes, New South Wales! The Parkes Elvis Festival is held every year in the second week in January, coinciding with Elvis Presley’s birthday. Now in its 25th year, the Festival continues to grow – with over 150 events across five fabulous, fun-filled days. We’re were proud to sponsor this wonderful event ...
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Speech: Acting Chargé d’Affaires Mike Heath – Parkes Elvis Festival 2018

(As prepared for delivery – January 13, 2018) Thank you, thank you very much. It is truly my pleasure to be here for the 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival—what an experience. I would like to firstly acknowledge: His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley; the Honourable Michael McCormack; the Honourable Rick Colless; and Mr. Phillip Donato. ...
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2017 National Security Strategy: A new National Security Strategy for a New Era

Source: wwww.thewhitehouse.gov “Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens—to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump The publication of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is a milestone for any presidency. A statutorily mandated document, the NSS explains to the ...
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‘My experience at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit’ – Alex Splitt

Held in Hyderabad, India from 28-30 November 2017, this year’s GES attracted well over 1,700 seasoned and emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders from 140 countries across the world. This year the summit was centered on the theme ‘Woman First, Prosperity for All’ with major focuses on emerging industries, including Energy and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Life Sciences, ...
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“You’re not chained to your disability. It’s just something you’ve got to work with.”

Meet Rayanne Rysinger – an American dancer, author, and photographer. The removal of a brain tumor left Rayanne severely disabled as an 11-year-old. She wasn’t able to take her first unassisted steps until 17 years later. Not defined by her disabilities, she’s inspiring people between New York and Canberra with her resilience, compassion, and kick-ass attitude. “You’re ...
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Consul General Valerie Fowler (Sydney) Speech: G’Day USA 2018 Launch – Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney

(as prepared for delivery December 1, 2017) G’day Australia!  Thank you very much to the G’Day USA sponsors and partners for inviting me to join this morning’s launch. Minister Bishop and Minister Ciobo—my work, and the work of the U.S. Mission in Australia, is made easier by your steadfast enthusiasm for our unparalleled bilateral relationship.  Thank you.     As Consul General, I’m fortunate to experience the breadth of the U.S.–Australian partnership each and every day—such as yesterday, when ...
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Happy Thanksgiving from sunny Norfolk Island!

Did you know Thanksgiving in celebrated on Norfolk? The American holiday was brought to Norfolk by American merchant Isaac Robinson in the late 1890s, who began decorating the Island’s All Saints Church with local produce for the holiday. Our acting Ambassador James Carouso visited Norfolk Island this year to join the festivities. Take a look here. ..
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Making a difference at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit – Cindy Reese Mitchell

The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit is now officially underway in India! We’d like you to meet another of the inspiring Australian delegates taking part: Canberra-based social entrepreneur Cindy Reese Mitchell. Cindy is a social impact strategist at the University of Canberra ‘s The Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator where she works with budding entrepreneurs to tackle the BIG problems of the world! She’s also worked as a venture ...
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Making a difference at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit – Sophia Hamblin Wang

Meet Sophia Hamblin Wang – one of the Australian entrepreneurs bound for Hyderabad, India as part on the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit . Sophia is a Canberra-based entrepreneur who’s passionate about sustainability and business. As Chief Operations Officer of Mineral Carbonation International – MCi , she works to produce more sustainable building materials by incorporating CO2 emissions into building products. We’re thrilled she’s representing ...
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Open Doors Report 2017: U.S. Hosts Over A Million International Students for 2nd Year Running

NEW YORK, November 13, 2017— According to the 2017 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange data released today by IIE and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs , the number of international students in the United States increased by three percent over the prior year, and the number of American students studying abroad increased by four percent from the prior year. In 2016/17, for the second consecutive ...
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Readout: President Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

November 13, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan today in Manila, Philippines. The three leaders reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining maximum pressure on North Korea in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. They also discussed expanded security cooperation for enhanced ...
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Coming soon … Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2018

The US Embassy and our colleagues across the Pacific are holding a conference for young Australian Indigenous and Pacific Islander leaders who are passionate about improving their communities and countries.    The fifth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Honolulu, Hawai‘i will take place January 16-18, 2018, through a partnership between the East-West Center’s  Pacific Islands Development Program  (PIDP) and the  U.S. Department of State ...
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Country Commercial Guide: Doing Business in Australia (2017 edition)

Australia is the world’s 12th largest economy and an attractive investment destination for many U.S. companies. This year Australia is expected to surpass the world record for the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth, With few barriers to entry, a familiar legal and corporate framework, sophisticated consumer and industrial sectors, and a straightforward, English-speaking business culture, ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Speech: Pacific 2017 U.S. Pavilion International Convention Centre, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – October 3, 2017) Thank you, Tom, and thanks to the whole team at Kallman Worldwide for organizing the U.S. presence here at Pacific 2017. The new USA Partnership Pavilion is an impressive showcase for America’s innovative maritime defense and commercial partners, equipment products and services. Welcome all! 2017 marks a ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Speech: Institute for Regional Security Dinner

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (As prepared for delivery – September 14, 2017)   Ladies and gentlemen, it’s an honor to join you again at this esteemed forum.  Thank you very much for having me back this year. I was privileged to be in the audience last month for an address by former Prime Minister ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Speech: Fine Food Australia, International Convention Centre, Sydney

Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso (As prepared for delivery – September 12, 2017) Good evening and thank you for joining us today.  I’d like to acknowledge Minnie Constan, the Event Director for Diversified Communications for continuing to go out of the way to support a U.S. presence at Fine Food Australia each year.  Without her continued ...
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Consul General Valerie Fowler (Sydney) Speech: Welcome Reception for Stanford University Football Delegation – Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – August 22, 2017) Thank you, Professor Carlin. Those of you who know me surely expect me to talk enthusiastically about Stanford football and the game on Sunday when we will crush Rice. Those remarks will be later this week. This evening I want to focus on why the U.S.-Australia relationship ...
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Just Released: The 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Carouso Speech: USSC/AmCham Foreign Investment Study launch – Parliament House, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – August 14, 2017) First of all, this morning, I would like to thank our speakers; the researchers; and the corporate sponsors—all of whom helped bring today’s launch and the Foreign Investment Study together. And what a valuable study this is. This research places a vital aspect of the U.S.–Australian alliance ...
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U.S.-Australia hold Counterproliferation Dialogue in Canberra

August 3, 2017 The United States and Australia held their sixth annual Counterproliferation Dialogue in Canberra on August 2-3. The annual meeting is one of several exchanges held by the United States and Australia each year to strengthen bilateral cooperation to address the threat posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their means ...
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Just released: State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

The newly-released Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 report provides the Department of State’s annual, statutorily mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired in 2016, including country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation, and profiles of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations. This year’s report examines local issues in East Asia and the Pacific ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Carouso Speech: Independence Day – Canberra International Airport, Canberra

 (As prepared for delivery – July 4, 2017) Good evening everyone, and welcome to our celebration of America’s Independence Day. I would first like to begin by thanking our hosts, Canberra Airport Group, and specifically Terry Snow and Stephen Byron whose amazing vision and entrepreneurship have created this beautiful facility that we’re now in; the ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Carouso Speech: Talisman Saber Opening Ceremony USS Bonhomme Richard, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – June 29, 2017) Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for having me here. I would like to begin by offering thanks to Admiral Harris — thank you for your terrific remarks and your leadership in this critical Alliance — it’s hard for a diplomat to follow you at the podium at ...
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Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 Highlights Enduring U.S.-Australia Alliance

-Via U.S. Army Public Affairs More than 33,000 U.S. and Australian personnel will participate in the biennial military training exercise Talisman Saber 2017 in Australia, June 23 to July 25, 2017. Talisman Saber, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force Headquarters Joint Operations Command, will incorporate U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force and ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. “But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why ...
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Aussie investors to join with global business leaders and U.S. officials at SelectUSA!

22 key investors from a variety of industries across Australia will travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the SelectUSA Investment Summit from June 18-20, 2017. The Summit is the highest profile event to connect global companies and U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) to facilitate business investment in the United States. “We are entering a new period ...
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Press Statement – June is LGBTI Pride Month

“In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence ...
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New Fulbright Scholarships Mark a Century of U.S.- Australia “Mateship”

MEDIA ALERT June 6, 2017   New Fulbright Scholarships Mark a Century of U.S.- Australia “Mateship” Today, U.S. Rex W. Secretary of State Tillerson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced the creation of four new Fulbright Scholarships to further enhance the long standing Fulbright relationship. The exchanges will advance scholarship in the priority ...
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AUSMIN 2017 Fact Sheet on the U.S. – Australia Relationship

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release June 5, 2017 AUSMIN 2017 Fact Sheet on the U.S. – Australia Relationship President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull affirmed the enduring bonds, deep friendship, and close alliance between the United States and Australia during their May 4, 2017 meeting. Together, ...
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Joint Statement AUSMIN 2017

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE June 5, 2017 On 5 June, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Sydney for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) ...
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Commemorating 75 years since the Battle of the Coral Sea in Cardwell, Nth. Queensland

            A Coral Sea commemorative service is held at Cardwell, Nth. Queensland each year on what is said to be the spot on the Australian coastline closest to where the battle occurred 75 years ago. This morning our Charge d’Affaires Jim Carouso and Sydney Consul General Valerie Fowler joined the ceremonies at Cardwell as ...
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ANZAC Day message from Secretary Rex Tillerson

On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I am honored to send my thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to the people of Australia and New Zealand on Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) Day this April 25. While this year marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. participation in the Great ...
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On the road in Adelaide, South Australia

Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso led 11 U.S. companies on an exciting tour of Adelaide this week to learn about how the city is leading the way in the innovation industry. From Tonsley, Flinders University to SAHMRI and the Adelaide Smart City Studio – it’s clear the city’s innovation sector is buzzing. And with The Boeing Company set to add 250 jobs to its Adelaide office, the momentum ...
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Vice President Pence to tour Asia-Pacific, Australia

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15-25, 2017.  This trip will serve as the Vice President’s first official travel to the Asia-Pacific region.  During his trip, the Vice President will emphasize President Trump’s continued commitment to U.S. alliances and partnerships ...
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Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso Speech: Fulbright Presentation Dinner 2017 – Parliament House, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – March 8, 2017) I am so honored to be here this evening. You see, without Fulbright, I wouldn’t exist. My father John Karousatos was among the first Greek Fulbright scholars to study in America. He arrived at Emory University in the early 1950s to study chemical engineering. Now I don’t ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

March 7, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide ...
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CDA James Carouso speech: Opening of U.S. Pavilion at the Australian International Airshow Avalon Airport, Geelong

(As prepared for delivery – February 28, 2017) Speaking in Sydney last December, Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said: “Our alliance is both defined by its storied past and invigorated by its boundless future.” So I hope you’ll indulge me this morning as I tell a story from our shared history ...
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Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso Speech: USS Peary Memorial, Darwin

USS Peary Memorial Service The Esplanade, Darwin (As prepared for delivery – February 19, 2017) “Lest we forget.” Three short words that carry a lot of weight.  They oblige our generation to remember all those who sacrificed their lives on our behalf.  That we enshrine and recall those such as the 88 souls lost in ...
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Vice President Mike Pence meets with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

February 21, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence met today with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the White House. The two reaffirmed the strong alliance between the United States and Australia and committed to maintaining the close ties of friendship between our two countries. The Vice President thanked the Foreign Minister for Australia’s multifaceted partnership ...
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Charge D’Affaires Carouso speech: CEDA 2017 EPO, Brisbane

Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) 2017 Economic & Political Overview, Brisbane  (As prepared for delivery – February 17, 2017) I wasn’t here for EPO 2016.  Did the speakers get it right?  Could anyone have predicted the year that just ended? With that said, I will do my best to map out where I ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Calls with Foreign Minister of Australia Julie Bishop

Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Calls with Foreign Minister of Australia Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: The Secretary spoke on Monday with his counterparts from three of America’s closest allies: Australia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.  In each conversation, he underscored his determination to work ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

January 26, 2017 Today, Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.  Foreign Minister Bishop congratulated the Vice President on the inauguration.  The Vice President thanked Foreign Minister Bishop for Australia’s steadfast partnership and contributions around the globe.  The two reaffirmed the importance of continuing to strengthen the U.S.-Australia alliance to maintain ...
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Official United States’ Department of State message on Australia Day 2017

Press Statement Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC January 26, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, it is my honor to congratulate the people of Australia as you celebrate this Australia Day, 229 years after the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Harbor. It has been over ...
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The U.S. and Australia: Working together on Wildland Fire Management…

Our Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso and Emergency Management Australia Director General Mark Crosweller signed the renewal of the Wildland Fire Management Agreement this week. The Agreement builds on 15 years of close collaboration between our firefighters, and allows for the exchange of personnel and the sharing of technology and research to improve our mutual wildland ...
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Calling all journalists! Applications now open for the 2017 Jefferson Fellowship…

The East-West Center is delighted to announce the 2017 Jefferson Fellowships for journalists. The 2017 program will provide journalists an opportunity to explore the policies and approach of the new US Presidential Administration from the perspective of three key countries in Asia Pacific.   Program Theme: Trade, Security and Strategic Relationships in Asia Pacific and the Future ...
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Charge D’Affaires Carouso speech: G’Day USA 2017 Launch – Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – December 9, 2016) G’day Australia! Thank you to everyone here – the G’Day USA sponsors and partners, and of course Foreign Minister Bishop and Minister Ciobo – there are no better friends of the United States and promoters of the U.S.-Australia relationship than these ministers. You all make my job ...
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Charge D’Affaires Carouso speech: West Tech Fest – Perth Town Hall

(As prepared for delivery – December 8, 2016) Hello Perth! Hello West Tech Fest! I am delighted to be here! This is the third year that the U.S. Embassy and our Consulate General in Perth are not just participants, but partners with West Tech Fest and the OzApp Awards. It is a great way to ...
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Charge D’Affaires Carouso speech: Industry Super Australia Forum – Parliament House, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – November 22, 2016) Thank you for inviting me to address this esteemed forum. I will open this afternoon’s session with President Barack Obama’s words at last June’s SelectUSA Investment Summit: “… [S]elect the USA – because nowhere in the world and never in history has there been a better place ...
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CDA Carouso Speech: U.S. Presidential Election Watch 2016

As prepared for delivery – November 9, 2016 – National Press Club, Canberra It is great to see such a crowd! Welcome to you all! Welcome to the final day of one of the most watched, most anticipated U.S. presidential election campaigns. This has been an unprecedented and extraordinary election, with not just the usual ...
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Journey to Mars: DSS36 ushers in new era of U.S.-Australia space collaboration

– November 3, 2016 –  Australia and the United States have taken a major step forward in the Journey to Mars today with the launch of a new 34-meter antenna dish at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla. The completion of Deep Space Station 36 (DSS36) comes just two years after the launch of ...
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Speech: Inauguration of New Space Antennae Canberra Deep Space Communications Centre, Canberra

By Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso – (As prepared for delivery – November 3, 2016) As a boy growing up in New York, I, like millions of Americans and people all over the world, watched the moon landing live on television. What I did not know in 1969, and I suspect few outside Australia knew, is that those ...
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Consul General Valerie Fowler’s Remarks at the 2016 LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum

Consul General Valerie Fowler’s Remarks at the 2016 LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum October 12, 2016 Good evening. What a wonderful way to start this evening, with the lovely welcome to country.  In that spirit, I’ll begin by recognizing our elders, past and present. Honorable Michael Kirby,The Kaleidoscope team, for your leadership in developing this forum, DLA ...
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Special Envoy Randy Berry’s Visit to Sydney

A Message from Special Envoy Randy Berry: Working Together in Support of Dignity for All October 12, 2016    When he announced my appointment as the United States’ first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that advancing human rights globally ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry On the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Secretary of State John Kerry On the Trans-Pacific Partnership September 28, 2016 Wilson Center Washington, D.C. REMARKS    SECRETARY KERRY:  Jane, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  I hugely appreciate your support, your counsel.  And obviously, we are living in complicated times.  I want to thank you for many, many years of remarkable service to ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce Breakfast – Adelaide Festival Centre

(As prepared for delivery – September 7, 2016)   It is an honor and a privilege to be back in Adelaide and back at the American Chamber of Commerce! One of the highlights of my time here as Ambassador has been our Embassy’s close, collaborative relationship with AmCham. Not only does AmCham play a pivotal ...
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“The United States and Australia: Infinite Possibilities – the New Normal” – Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the National Press Club of Australia

  (As prepared for delivery –August 31, 2016) Almost four years ago, when President Obama asked me: “John, what would make you happy?”  I answered him with one word: Australia. Thus began my once-in-a-lifetime sojourn as U.S. Ambassador to this Lucky Country.  But in all fairness, I consider myself the lucky one. My three years ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the screening of ‘National Parks Adventure’ – Sydney

(As prepared for delivery –August 22, 2016) A mountain sunrise, a towering waterfall, an icy glacier, a forested glade, a kaleidoscope of corals, boundless wildlife. These sights stir the soul, nourish our imaginations, and reaffirm our humanity. They are increasingly rare outside of national parks. America’s national parks are one of our greatest gifts to ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the launch of ‘Treasures of the American Collection’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – July 28, 2016) It is an honor to join you in celebrating not just this incredible exhibition, but the close bond between two extraordinary Pacific nations. Before us is a reminder of the history, beauty, and promise that unites the United States and Australia. Ours is a story that unfolds ...
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Vice President Biden’s remarks on the future of the U.S.-Australian relationship in Asia

“In December 1941, besieged by war, facing an advancing enemy, Prime Minister John Curtain issued the now-famous message to the Australian people, a message that declared an intention to close the distance between our two nations and bridge the wide Pacific. He said: Without inhibitions of any kind … Australia looks to America. Australia looked to ...
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Vice President Biden announces new MOU, new funding as part of Cancer Moonshot

July 17, 2016 – Melbourne, A.U. Today, Vice President Joe Biden announced the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that will make available an unprecedented international dataset to advance cancer research and care.  An MOU between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, and Macquarie ...
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An Update from the President On Our Mission in Afghanistan

Today, President Obama provided an update on our mission in Afghanistan, announcing that the U.S. will maintain approximately 8,400 troops there through the end of his Administration. The President said that this decision, based on a recommendation from U.S. General Nicholson, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Dunford, will allow the U.S. ...
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Pride Month: The U.S. Embassy Canberra presents ‘Matt Shephard is a Friend of Mine’

The push for LGBT equality has come so far, but much still remains to do. As part of #‎PrideMonth, we met with some Canberra friends at the National Library of Australia this week to remember that fact, and to watch ‘Matthew Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ – a moving, documentary tribute to the life ...
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Nine Australians to attend President Obama’s 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley

Media Release – June 20, 2016   The U.S. Embassy in Canberra is “chuffed” to announce that nine Australians will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. They will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce Innovation Tour of Blue Chili, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery, June 9, 2016) Next month, on July 4th, the United States of America will turn 240 years old. The key to longevity – whether as people, institutions, businesses, or nations – is innovation. It is our response to the new, different, and novel that governs our survival. “When you are finished ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the 10th Ann. of the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and American Australian Association (AAA), Sydney

(As prepared for delivery, June 9, 2016) In World War Two, my father fought for freedom alongside brave Australians; at Guadalcanal and the New Guinea campaign. He and his mates had each other’s backs. They knew that it is when you are under attack that true friends show their mettle. They knew our alliance is ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the Fulbright ACT State Reception – Australian National University, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery, May 31, 2016) Over seven decades, the Fulbright program has left an indelible mark on Australia and the United States. From generation to generation, Fulbright, by investing in students and scholars, reinvigorates our societies – helping us to do better and be better. Fulbright is so successful because it harnesses exceptional ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemorative Lunch – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery – May 7, 2016) Veterans and Members of the Australian and the American Militaries; Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; On May 8, 1942, the Allied strategic victory in the Battle of the Coral Sea changed the course of history. Without Coral Sea, there could have been no Midway, no Guadalcanal, and ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Australian American Leadership Dialogue Young Leadership Dialogue Reception Ambassador’s Residence, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – May 10, 2016) It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you to my home. Why are you here? You are here because Albert Einstein was 26 when he published his Special Theory of Relativity. Because 26 was also the average age in the mission control room in Houston ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration Service – Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery – May 6, 2016) Veterans and Members of the Australian and the American Militaries; Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; On May 8, 1942, the Allied strategic victory in the Battle of the Coral Sea changed the course of history. Without Coral Sea, there could have been no Midway, no Guadalcanal, and ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks to the American Chamber of Commerce Board Luncheon, Ernst & Young Offices, Sydney

(As prepared for delivery, April 29, 2016) It is an honor and a privilege to be back at the American Chamber of Commerce! One of the highlights of my time here as Ambassador has been our Embassy’s close, collaborative relationship with AmCham. Not only does AmCham play a pivotal role in the U.S.-Australia relationship, its ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks commemorating the Signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement – The Australian National University, Canberra

(As prepared for delivery, April 21, 2016) The Paris Agreement is a testament to our tenacity in the face of complicated, interconnected global challenges. When countries work toward a common purpose, almost anything is possible. In the 1970s, the widespread use of chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs had rapidly depleted the ozone layer. In response, the countries ...
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Arrival of the 5th rotation of US Marines in Darwin

This is and Australian Government Department of Defense media release. 13 April 2016 | Media Release The next rotation of US Marines will begin arriving in Darwin from today to commence their fifth rotation through Northern Australia as part of the US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s rotation will include around 1,250 US Marines, a ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the LNG18 Thought Leadership Luncheon – Perth Convention and Exhibition Center

(As prepared for delivery, April 13, 2016) As you all know, in the latter half of the twentieth century, the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a Space Race. Each wanted to be the first to the moon. To this end, the United States put $100 billion in today’s dollars into the ...
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Ambassador Berry’s remarks at the Chevron Gorgon Project Commemoration Event Barrow Island, Western Australia

(As prepared for delivery, April 11, 2016) I believe that today we are witness to a remarkable moment in history. U.S. companies are investing $100 billion U.S. dollars in Australia’s liquefied natural gas sector. This investment in LNG is equal, in terms of cost and importance, to what the United States put into the Apollo ...
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A ‘Hawk Eye’ on Science…

Ambassador John Berry shared the stage with a very special guest this month to help launch the new Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University in Canberra. The much loved American actor turned science communicator, Alan Alda (that’s right, Hawk Eye from M.A.S.H!) was on hand to launch the ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at Opening of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science Building

Thank you Vice-Chancellor Schmidt. As an Australian-American astrophysicist and Nobel Prize laureate, I dare say that you are the embodiment of what brings us here today.  Americans – particularly the three Americans standing here with me right now – and Australians share an innate desire to improve the world by improving our understanding of it.  ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at Science in the Pub – March, 2016

(As prepared for delivery, March 7, 2016) As part of our countdown sequence for this evening, I invite everyone here to imagine traveling in outer space.  Imagine the distance, the speed, the immense horizon. Imagine the silence.  It is the stuff of fantasy turned reality. However, to travel the universe and to learn from it, ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the September 11th Memorial and Museum Reception

March 2016 – Remarks as Prepared Distinguished guests; Ladies and Gentlemen; Welcome and thank you for joining us on this important occasion. I invite you to reflect on some seminal dates in American history. September 17, 1862, the Battle Antietam; in the midst of the U.S. Civil War, it was the bloodiest single-day battle on ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Welcome Remarks at a Dinner iho the Dr. Mark Dybul, The Global Fund

Welcome friends. It is a pleasure to see so many familiar faces gathered together. Tonight, I invite you to imagine a world without HIV/AIDs. Incredible, right? More than that, imagine a world without health epidemics that threaten communities, countries, and regions with economic and social collapse. This world is the vision of the Global Fund ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Welcome Remarks at a Dinner to Strengthen Relationships between Native Americans and Indigenous Australians

Welcome everyone to my home. It is an honor and a privilege to be your host. We have with us members of the oldest continuous culture on earth. For 70,000 years, Australia’s Aboriginal peoples have been shaped by their landscape. Their cultural and linguistic diversity is astounding, and is mirrored in the indigenous peoples of ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Perth

  I am so excited to be here with all of you! The entrepreneurial spirit is truly alive and well in Perth. I am here today because President Obama has made entrepreneurship a key priority for achieving global economic prosperity.  He recently announced that the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit will take place this June in ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Ambassador’s Innovation Roundtable in Perth

Innovation is about change.  It is about seeking out the new and different instead of the tried and true.  American founding father (and inventor) Benjamin Franklin once said “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” By this measure, the United States and Australia are just getting started. We have brought all of you together today for ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Welcoming Remarks for Reception iho Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg

This year we celebrate both the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Australia and the 10th anniversary of our free trade agreement. These milestones offer an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on our partnership and all its many facets. In the Asia-Pacific, U.S.-Australia cooperation has served as the bedrock for unprecedented stability ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Welcoming Remarks for AmCham Western Australia Reception

Thank you Consul General Griffin and welcome to everyone here. This year we celebrate both the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Australia and the 10th anniversary of our free trade agreement.  These milestones offer an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on our partnership and all its many facets.  In the Asia-Pacific, ...
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Bushfire Season

The Australian bush fire season runs from October to May.  Every year bush fires ravage large areas of land, causing property damage and loss of life.  State and territory emergency services in Australia provide up-to-date information on bush fires and advice on precautionary measures that can help minimize fire-related risks.  U.S. citizens visiting or living ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Keynote Address to the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS) Annual Dinner

I would like to start with a quote from Australian poet Kenneth Slessor’s poem “Beach Burial:” “Whether as enemies they fought, Or fought with us, or neither; the sand joins them together, Enlisted on the other front.” Slessor’s tribute to the soldiers of the Second World War is particularly poignant as we mark the 70th anniversary of ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Keynote Address to the Returned and Services League and Services Clubs Association 14th Annual Conference

As we mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in the Pacific this month, it is a tremendous privilege to be able to speak before you today.  One of my greatest honors during my time as Ambassador has been meeting Australian veterans of the Second World War. These men and women are inevitably humble ...
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Worldwide Caution – August 2015

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Opening Session of the U.S.-Australia Biomedical Research Partnership Conference University of Canberra

Professor Calma – thank you so much for opening this historic conference and for hosting us here at the University of Canberra today. Thank you for your leadership on U.S.-Australia collaboration in so many areas. Professor Kelso – it’s an honor to be with you today in your new role at the NHMRC. I look ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the Hōkūle’a Arrival Ceremony Australian National Maritime Museum

I am deeply honored to be here with you today for the arrival of Hōkūle’a and her crew in Darling Harbor and the Australian National Maritime Museum.  She will dock here for a few days before continuing one her 47,000 mile around the world voyage. One of the reasons Hokule’a’s journey brings her to Australia ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration Service Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra

There are turning points in history – where the Fates hold all in the balance – and test the mettle of each individual with blast furnace intensity. In May of 1942 – Japan was undefeated, and sought to secure its Pacific expansion by taking Port Moresby and destroying our Allied Naval forces. The anvil was ...
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Security Message: Recent Counter-Terrorism Operation in Australia

The Mission of the United States of America in Australia reminds U.S. citizens that the Australian National Terrorism Public Alert level, set by the Government of Australia, remains HIGH.  Australian National Security has stated that a terrorist attack is likely to occur in Australia. Australian law enforcement agencies have announced an arrest in Melbourne.  Authorities ...
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Emergency Message: Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia

The U.S. Consulate General in Sydney advises U.S. citizens that Cyclone Marcia, a Category 5 storm, is expected to make landfall on the central Queensland coast today, February 20.  The Australian Government has warned that this storm poses an extremely serious threat to life and property, particularly in the areas between St. Lawrence and Hervey ...
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IRS Guidance: 2015 Tax Filing Season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the following guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season.  This IRS guidance is posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on travel.state.gov . Who Must File? All U.S. citizens and resident aliens must file a U.S. individual income tax return, even if they permanently live outside the United States ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks For the State of the Union Viewing U.S. Embassy Canbera

I’d like to welcome everyone today for President Obama’s State of the Union address. This is more than just an annual tradition in the United States.  It is a Presidential duty, mandated by the Constitution.  The President isn’t required to give a speech, though.  Both George Washington and John Adams gave speeches, but Thomas Jefferson ...
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Worldwide Caution – January 2015

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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Remarks at the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire Concert: “From the Sublime to the Ridiculous (and Everything in Between)”

It is an honor to be here with you all tonight. Curtis and I are really enjoying the concert. Music is one of the things that builds bridges between peoples, between cultures and countries. It’s one of those things that is universally understood, no matter where you were raised. I was reading an article the ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the 239th Anniversary Marine Corps Ball

The Honorable Stuart Robert, Assistant Minister for Defence, and Mrs. Chantelle Robert; Major General Gus Gilmore, Deputy Chief of Army, Representing the Chief of the Defence Force, and Mrs. Lisa Gilmore; Lieutenant General John E. Wissler, Commanding General III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Mrs. Sue Wissler; Mr. John T. Poirier; Distinguished guests; Ladies and Gentlemen; ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at Australian-American Memorial Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Secretary Richardson, Vice Admiral Griggs, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen; It is an honor to be here with you today to celebrate the restoration of this wonderful memorial. With its new facelift, it’s looking very good for sixty years old. I am grateful to the Australian-American Association – and to the Australian people – for ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the Innovation Roundtable at Queensland University of Technology

Before I begin, I’d like to offer my congratulations and best wishes to all of the finalists in the QUT Innovation Challenge who will be presenting their ideas at the University this afternoon. Innovation lies at the very heart of what America is. From the beginning, our country was a grand experiment. We believed then ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the 65th Anniversary of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission

Tonight, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Fulbright Treaty with Australia – one of the earliest formal agreements between our two countries. It predates even the ANZUS Treaty, which speaks to the nature of the relationship between our two countries. Even as we emerged from the devastation of World War II, our impulse was ...
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We are gathered here to celebrate not only the birth of a nation, but more importantly, the birth of an idea: that all people are created equal, and t

My thanks to Todd Creeger for sponsoring this breakfast… and Gordon Flake—from the USAsia Centre—for moderating. Former Secretary Clinton launched the Centre when she was here in 2012 and Gordon has done a tremendous job with it since then. I’d also like to thank author, Penelope Williamson and Ambassador Kim Beazley. It’s a pleasure to be ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the Opening Plenary Ambassador’s Innovation Roundtable at National Science and Technology Centre Canberra

Innovation lies at the very heart of what America is.  From the beginning, our country was a grand experiment.  We believed then – and now – that freedom plus sweat equals progress.  And if you add creativity or innovation, you get progress squared. One of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, was not just a tremendous ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the Bridging Knowledge Cities through Life Sciences – Boston and Melbourne Sister Cities International

Some of you may know that I lost my first partner, Tom Leishman, to AIDS. When I met Tom in 1985, this terrible disease barely had a name. On our second date, over dinner, Tom told me that he had “It.” I knew what “It” was. Everyone knew what “It” was, even if they didn’t ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Reception Ambassador’s Residence, Canberra

For more than a century, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been looking out for the interests of American businesses. And, in some cases U.S. Chamber members have been investing in Australia for more than a century as well. JP Morgan –represented here tonight by Derek Berlin and Luke Palmerlee – has been in Australia ...
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Ambassador’s Berry’s Welcome Remarks at “US-Australia: The Alliance in an Emerging Asia” Alliance 21 Canberra Conference

It’s a pleasure to be here with you today.  I’d like to congratulate the U.S. Studies Centre for lining up such a star-studded cast for today’s proceedings.  The diversity and caliber of those in this room today is a true reflection of the depth of our alliance, and the many ties that make our relationship ...
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American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Not long after I arrived in Australia, I was given a copy of a little book: Instructions for Servicemen in Australia. During World War II, American military personnel were given copies so they would understand a little bit about this exotic new land when they came for R&R or were stationed here. It’s an interesting ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the Australian Medical Association National Conference

Health is a central theme of President Obama’s global development agenda, which calls for new and collaborative approaches to preventive medicine, combating disease, and working towards an AIDS-free generation. U.S. and Australian engagement in health bolsters stability and growth around the world. Investing in better health care – and working to prevent, detect, and respond ...
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When I heard that Tom was being installed as Chancellor of the University of Canberra, I wanted to offer him a few words of congratulations. I also w

For years, it seemed like Australia was ahead of the United States on matters of LGBT policy. Whether it was serving openly in the military, employment non-discrimination, or partner benefits, we all looked longingly toward the Lucky Country. While the United States still has a way to go, we are doing much better in the ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks For the Installment of Tom Calma as Chancellor of the University of Canberra

When I heard that Tom was being installed as Chancellor of the University of Canberra, I wanted to offer him a few words of congratulations. I also want to say congratulations to outgoing Chancellor John Mackay for his excellent leadership over the years. I’m thrilled to be here with all of you today. As you ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks for the Memorial Service of Nelson Mandela Australian National University

Prime Minister Hawke, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests. On behalf of President Obama, and the people of the United States of America, I would like to offer our deepest condolences to President Mandela’s family, to the people of South Africa, and to everyone who today enjoys the freedoms he spent his life fighting to achieve. I ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks For the 70th Anniversary of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s Visit to Canberra

I’d like to offer a very warm welcome to: Her Excellency the Honorable Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and His Excellency Mr. Michael Bryce; The Dean and members of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of Parliament; Distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen; I’m very pleased to welcome you today as we celebrate the visit ...
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Ambassador Berry’s Remarks at the Opening of the 17th Annual Canberra International Film Festival

Thank you, Nicole, for that wonderful introduction. And thank you to the Canberra International Film Festival for inviting me to this highlight of Canberra’s cultural calendar. The U.S. Embassy is a proud sponsor of this festival, and it is a pleasure to be here with you and open this amazing series of international films that ...
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