U.S. Travel Policy Requiring Vaccination

October 26, 2021 Today, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced details of the new vaccination policy that will go into effect for international travelers on November 8.  As of that date, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to …

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United States and Australia: Partners on Joint Regional Responsible Use of AI Workshop

October 22, 2021 – U.S. Embassy Canberra The U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources co-hosted a regional workshop on the responsible use of AI on October 20-21 AEDT. The event brought together a diverse group of academic experts, government leaders, and businesses …

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Perth Consul General David Gainer: Remarks on the 245th Anniversary of America’s Independence

The U.S. Consulate General Perth celebrated the 245th of Anniversary of America’s Independence on October 20 at ANZAC House with guests from Western Australia’s government, business, and community sectors. While postponed from its original date to due COVID-19, it was a pleasure to host partners and friends in WA for a belated Fourth of July Reception. …

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AUSMIN 2021 Global Health Security Statement

JOINT STATEMENT BUREAU OF OCEANS AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 The text of the following statement released by the governments of the United States and Australia sets out priorities for our health security cooperation as discussed at the 2021 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), 16 September 2021. Never before has the importance of strong health security systems, at all levels, been so …

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Joint Statement on Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2021

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Australia on the occasion of the 31st Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2021. Begin Text: Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosted Minister for Foreign Affairs and …

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Joint Leaders Statement on AUKUS

WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 As leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, guided by our enduring ideals and shared commitment to the international rules-based order, we resolve to deepen diplomatic, security, and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, including by working with partners, to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. As part …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne today in Washington, D.C. The Secretary and Foreign Minister focused on the enduring nature of the U.S.-Australia Alliance and discussed cooperation on increasing peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region. …

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#USwithAUS: How democracies can fight back against online disinformation

ZOOM WEBINAR: Join us for a virtual discussion on how malign state-sponsored actors manipulate online audiences to spread social media disinformation and threaten the stability of democracies. Join  Associate Professor Darren Linvill  of Clemson University and U.S. Embassy Canberra’s Public Engagement Attaché, Samantha Juster, as they discuss how misinformation and disinformation are wielded to misinform and manipulate influential audiences …

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Secretary Blinken: Celebrating 70 Years of the ANZUS Treaty

Today marks 70 years since the signing of the ANZUS Treaty, a keystone of our relationship with Australia and an enduring force for stability in the wider region. As we celebrate this significant milestone, we recognize the continuing importance of the U.S.-Australia Alliance and reaffirm our commitment to advance our shared values, democratic traditions and …

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A Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

AUGUST 27, 2021 From whitehouse.gov.  As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the …

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New U.S. Submarine Memorial Unveiled in Perth

A new memorial has been unveiled in Fremantle, Western Australia in honor of the American World War II submarine USS Bullhead. The USS Bullhead (SS-332) departed Fremantle on July 31, 1945 to commence its third war patrol but was sunk in an attack by a Japanese army aircraft on August 6 in the Java Sea. …

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Chargé d’Affaires Doug Sonnek Speech: Talisman Sabre Closing Ceremony

As prepared – August 01, 2021 Talisman Sabre Closing Ceremony – Kissing Point, Townsville “It is a pleasure to be here with you in Townsville for the conclusion of Talisman Sabre 2021. Since 2005, Talisman Sabre has created opportunities for the United States and Australia to work closely together to enhance our collective military capabilities.  …

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Consulate Perth Launches Campaign Highlighting U.S. Economic Engagement

The U.S. Consulate General Perth has launched a digital campaign highlighting America’s economic engagement in Western Australia.  The campaign is running across the Consulate’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media channels and Mission Australia’s LinkedIn. It covers a wide-range of sectors including mining and resources, health, education, and more.    Consul General David Gainer said America’s economic engagement in WA is tremendous, and often under appreciated.  “Thousands of jobs and hundreds …

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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on Hong Kong’s Apple Daily

MEDIA NOTE –  OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 10, 2021 The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition express their strong concerns about the forced closure of the Apple Daily newspaper, and the arrest of its staff by the Hong Kong authorities. The use of the National Security Law to suppress journalism is a serious and negative step which …

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Readout: Trilateral Meeting of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, President Joe Biden, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia

June 12, 2021 Prime Minster Johnson, President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison met in the margins of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay on 12 June 2021. They discussed a number of issues of mutual concern, including the Indo-Pacific region. They agreed that the strategic context in the Indo-Pacific was changing and that there was …

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SelectUSA: President Biden on the United States’ Commitment to Open Investment

JUNE 08, 2021• STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The Open Investment Policy of the United States is a pledge to treat all investors fairly and equitably under the law. As Governors, CEOs, and other public and private sector leaders come together at the 2021 SelectUSA Summit this week, I want to reiterate my administration’s commitment to ensuring that the United …

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Diplomacy Delivered: Race in America and the #StopAsianHate Movement

Join us for a virtual discussion on how race relations in the United States are changing in the wake of the #StopAsianHate movement, the growing activism to counter systemic racism in societies worldwide, and what the Biden administration means for the ongoing civil rights movement. This edition of our Diplomacy Delivered virtual discussion series will feature Korean-American …

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World Press Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2021 Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and …

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Presidential Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2021

APRIL 30, 2021 THE WHITE HOUSE This May, during Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize the history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) across our Nation.  In the midst of a difficult year of pain and fear, we reflect on the tradition of leadership, resilience, and …

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Earth Day 2021 – Secretary Blinken Statement

PRESS STATEMENT – APRIL 22, 2021 ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE “Today, the 51st Earth Day, we must work together to combat the climate crisis and restore our Earth for the benefit of everyone.  Each year, an estimated one billion people around the world mobilize for action on Earth Day, and this year, the United States joins this wave of action. …

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ANZAC Day Message from Secretary of State Antony Blinken

PRESS STATEMENT – APRIL 22, 2021 ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE “On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my warmest thoughts to all Australians and New Zealanders as you commemorate ANZAC Day on April 25, 2021. As we reflect on the incredible acts of bravery and sacrifice of the Gallipoli Campaign 106 years ago, I am humbled by the debt of gratitude we all owe to our service men …

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Secretary Blinken Speech: Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances (Brussels)

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA – BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021   SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – that it makes their lives …

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Op-Ed: Our four nations are committed to a free, open, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region (Washington Post)

Opinion by Joe Biden, Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Yoshihide Suga March 14, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. GMT+11 As published in the Washington Post Joe Biden is president of the United States. Narendra Modi is prime minister of India. Scott Morrison is prime minister of Australia. Yoshihide Suga is prime minister of Japan. In December 2004, the continental shelf off the …

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Quad Leaders’ Joint Statement: “The Spirit of the Quad”

MARCH 12, 2021 – via the White House Briefing Room 1. We have convened to reaffirm our commitment to quadrilateral cooperation between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. We bring diverse perspectives and are united in a shared vision for the free and open Indo-Pacific. We strive for a region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by …

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Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Race in America and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Join us for a virtual discussion on how race relations in the United States are changing in the wake of Black Lives Matter, and what the newly-elected Biden administration means for the ongoing civil rights movement. This edition of our Diplomacy Delivered virtual discussion series will feature Professor of Sociology and Rubenstein Fellow in Governance …

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Secretary Blinken Speech: A Foreign Policy for the American People

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 3, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  My fellow Americans, five weeks ago I was sworn in as your Secretary of State.  My job is to represent the United States to the world, to fight for the interests and values of the American people.  When President Biden asked me to serve, …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia

February 3, 2021 The White House President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia to highlight the strength of the U.S.-Australia alliance, which remains an anchor of stability in the Indo-Pacific and the world. They discussed how we can work together to address global and regional challenges, including dealing …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

READOUT – OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 27, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister expressed their commitment to working together to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region between like-minded countries. The ministers noted the upcoming 70th …

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U.S. Firefighters Remembered One Year On

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman visited the Peak View Memorial site on January 23 to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the death of three American crew members of a firefighting air-tanker C-130, call sign Bomber-134. Captain Ian McBeth, First Officer Paul Hudson, and Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr. lost their lives on January 23, 2020, when …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Washington, D.C. January 20, 2021 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages …

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Joint Statement on Hong Kong

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 9, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Begin Text: We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, underscore our serious concern at the mass …

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Joint Statement: Third Annual U.S.-Australia Energy Security Dialogue

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 11, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Australia on the occasion of the Third Annual U.S.-Australia Energy Security Dialogue   Begin Text: The U.S. Department of State and the Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources acknowledge the …

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Ambassador Culvahouse Speech – Building Prosperity: The Importance of the United States to the Australian Mining & Resources Sector 

ANZAC House, Western Australia – Wednesday December 9, 10.45am AWST  *As delivered*  Thank you Bill. Ladies and gentlemen I’d like to begin by thanking AmCham for their sponsorship of this event and for their sponsorship of the Building Prosperity report. It’s a seminal report, it’s a really impressive piece of analysis and not just because …

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Diplomacy Delivered: Entrepreneurship and Starting Up in 2021, with Peter Shankman and Sophia Hamblin Wang

Join us for a virtual discussion on how start-up businesses in Australia and the United States can learn from each other, and how Aussie entrepreneurs can access U.S. venture capital opportunities to grow and develop. This edition of our Diplomacy Delivered virtual discussion series will feature American entrepreneur and angel investor,  Peter Shankman , in conversation with …

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Foreign Minister Marise Payne Presented with the U.S. Mission Australia Award for Leadership Excellence

November 10, 2020 The United States Ambassador to Australia Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. presented Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne with the U.S. Mission Australia Award for Leadership Excellence in a ceremony at the historic U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Canberra on November 10. The U.S. Mission Australia Award for Leadership Excellence celebrates the achievements of Australian women …

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Assistant Secretary Stilwell Speech: Covert, Coercive, And Corrupt: Countering Chinese Communist Party Malign Influence In Free Societies

DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS HOOVER INSTITUTION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, ASIA SOCIETY VIRTUAL OCTOBER 30, 2020 As prepared Introduction Good afternoon. Thank you to the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the Asia Society for inviting me. Thank you to organizers Orville Schell and Larry Diamond. It is an honor …

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Ambassador Culvahouse Speech – Space Force transfer ceremony   

Space Force transfer ceremony – Canberra   (As delivered – October 20, 2020)   The United States is proud to be Australia’s primary partner in space.  At AUSMIN this year, in Washington in July, we committed to expanding space exploration cooperation under the Artemis program.  And Dr. Clark and I were just talking about Australia of course, …

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Diplomacy Delivered: Fighting for Uyghur human rights, with Kuzzat Altay and Elaine Pearson

You’re invited to a virtual discussion on how Uyghurs around the world are working tirelessly to call out human rights abuses against their people, and the heavy personal cost they pay for doing so. Join Uyghur activist and president of the Uyghur American Association,  Kuzzat Altay , and Australia director of Human Rights Watch,  Elaine Pearson , for a …

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Calling out Coercion: How Democracies Can Respond to Malign PRC Influence in the Indo-Pacific

Join us for a virtual discussion on the malign influence and interference operations of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Indo-Pacific and globally – and what democracies can do about it. This edition of Diplomacy Delivered will feature discussion on the CCP’s efforts to export its domestic repression and surveillance state abroad while subverting the rules-based …

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U.S.-Australia Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Frontier Technologies Dialogue

JOINT STATEMENT AUGUST 11, 2020 Today, the United States of America and Australia convened virtually for the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Frontier Technologies Dialogue to further strengthen cooperation between our world-class scientific communities. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Kelvin Droegemeier and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios led …

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Joint Statement on the Erosion of Rights in Hong Kong

MEDIA NOTE –  OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 9, 2020 We the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State are gravely concerned by the Hong Kong government’s unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative Council elections.  These moves have undermined the democratic process that has been …

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Building Prosperity: The importance of the United States to the Australian economy

A ground-breaking new report, Building Prosperity: The importance of the United States to the Australian economy, was launched in Sydney this morning.  Building Prosperity has been commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham), produced by Deloitte, and details the immense value of U.S. trade and investment in Australia. Australian Trade Minister Simon …

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Ambassador Culvahouse Speech: American Chamber of Commerce ‘Building Prosperity’ Report Launch

As delivered – Tuesday July 21, 2020  Thank you, April, for that introduction. Thank you, Dr. Nelson as always, for those kind words. Let me thank all members and representatives of the American Chamber for this report, and also to Deloitte for the contents of the report. It’s extraordinary, it’s brilliant. It’s everything that we …

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Diplomacy Delivered: The future of democracy in the Indo-Pacific

Join us for a virtual discussion on how democratic governments in the Indo-Pacific are responding to the governance challenges of COVID-19, within an increasingly complex geopolitical region. This edition of our Diplomacy Delivered virtual discussion series will feature  Dr. Daniel Twining , President of the International Republican Institute, in discussion with  Alex Oliver , Director of Research at the Lowy Institute. We’ll …

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Statement on Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update – Ambassador Culvahouse

Press Statement – 6 July, 2020  “I join Secretary of Defense Esper and our National Security Council in commending our Australian friends and allies on the release of their 2020 Defence Strategic Update.  In a rapidly evolving world, our unbreakable alliance is more important than ever. This important strategic document strengthens regional stability and helps …

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What’s on your mind this July 4th?

Americans in Australia: 2020 has been a challenging year for Americans and Australians alike, and July 4th celebrations this year are likely to be a little different… especially for those celebrating overseas. As a way to demonstrate the diversity and shared humanity of the U.S. community here in Australia – plus to hear a little of …

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Just Released: The 2019 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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Diplomacy Delivered: Accessing U.S. Venture Capital to Make an Impact – with Jenny Abramson

Join us for a virtual discussion on how start-up businesses in Australia and the United States can learn from each other, and how Aussie entrepreneurs can access U.S. venture capital opportunities to grow and develop. This edition of our Diplomacy Delivered virtual discussion series will feature  Jenny Abramson , founder and managing partner of Rethink Impact. Rethink Impact is the …

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Joint Statement on Hong Kong: The United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

MEDIA NOTE –  OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 28, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Begin Text: Signatories to this statement reiterate our deep concern regarding Beijing’s decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has flourished …

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Diplomacy Delivered: U.S.-Australia Health Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

  Join us for a virtual discussion on how Australia and the United States are working together in the region to address COVID-19 and deliver new health initiatives within the Indo-Pacific. This edition of our ‘Diplomacy Delivered’ virtual discussion series will feature Australia’s Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr. Stephanie Williams, and the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Videoconference with Partners on COVID-19

READOUT – OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 11, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, and the Republic of Korea today via videoconference.  Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of international cooperation, transparency, and accountability in combatting the …

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U.S. Lawmakers’ Letter in Support of Australia

MAY 07, 2020 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), co-chairs of the Friends of Australia Caucus, today led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to express unwavering support for Australia amidst recent …

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Marine Rotational Force-Darwin Deployment to Resume

CAMP H.M. SMITH, HI, UNITED STATES 05.05.2020   –   Story by Chuck Little, U.S. Marines Corps Forces Pacific U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific is resuming the deployment of Marines and Sailors in support of the annual Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D). The U.S. and Australian governments decided in late March to delay the rotation due to restrictions …

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Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger to the Miller Center at the University of Virginia

National Security Council – Issued on: May 4, 2020 Good morning everyone.  I’m Matt Pottinger, the Deputy National Security Advisor, speaking to you from the White House.  I bring warm greetings from the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. We gather today online, from a thousand different places, because a pandemic still …

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Diplomacy Delivered: ‘Australia, the United States, and the future of the Indo-Pacific’ – a virtual discussion with Erin Watson-Lynn

Join us for a virtual discussion on the changing roles of Australia and the United States in the Indo-Pacific, led by Indo-Pacific expert and advisor, Erin Watson-Lynn . This Diplomacy Delivered session will discuss the Australia-U.S. Alliance in the Indo-Pacific; what the Alliance is doing effectively to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, how India is shaping the Indo-Pacific, …

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‘In these times, the world can rely on the Americans’ – Ambassador Culvahouse

An editorial by Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. As published in the Weekend Australian newspaper , April 18th 2020   SINCE the COVID-19 pandemic began, the US and Australia have worked together closely for both our countries and our region. It speaks to our shared characteristics as Americans and Australians that tough times have always served to reaffirm and …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 15, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne today about the continued strong U.S.-Australia and international coordination to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.  The two highlighted the importance of increased vigilance and cooperation to prevent a deterioration of the security and health situation in the region, particularly in …

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Diplomacy Delivered: ‘Building resilience for today’s entrepreneurs’ – A virtual discussion with Amanda Rose

Join us for a virtual discussion on how emerging business leaders and entrepreneurs can build lasting career resilience in a changing world, led by influential Sydney business consultant and entrepreneur, Amanda Rose ! In this first edition of our new online ‘Diplomacy Delivered’ series, we’ll explore issues facing young Australian leaders and budding entrepreneurs, including: How are Australian small …

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Secretary of State Pompeo Meets with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

Office of the Spokesperson – March 11, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne today to discuss coordination of U.S. and Australia policy in the Indo-Pacific, including through the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), as well as trilateral infrastructure cooperation with Japan, and Quad coordination with Japan and …

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Temporary Pause of International Exchange Programs Due to COVID-19

Office of the Spokesperson – March 12, 2020 The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will temporarily pause all ECA-funded programs that involve travel to and from countries with heightened U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Alert Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) and Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) or heightened State Department COVID-19 related …

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2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

“From the time we declared our independence as a free nation, the United States has committed itself to the ideals of democracy, individual freedom, equal protection under the rule of law, and the protection of human rights.  Our nation was founded on the premise that all human beings are created equal in rights and in …

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U.S. and Australia Working Together to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation

The Justice Department and Homeland Security, along with government counterparts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, announced today the publication of Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.  Developed in consultation with several leading technology companies, the 11 voluntary principles outline measures that companies in the technology industry can choose …

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Ambassador Culvahouse visits USS Texas in Perth

Ambassador Culvahouse toured the USS Texas (SSN775), a state-of-the-art submarine, in Perth, Western Australia on January 31. The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine is visiting HMAS Stirling Naval Base near Rockingham for a scheduled port visit, as part of its routine patrol in the Indo-Pacific region. It has approximately 130 crewmembers. Ambassador Culvahouse said the visit of …

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U.S.-Australian Firefighting Cooperation

As bushfires continue to burn in Australia, the United States is sending additional U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) wildfire personnel to assist with ongoing bushfire suppression efforts in Australia. Three 10-person Incident Management Teams and a group consisting of air support personnel have arrived in Australia in recent days. …

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U.S. Security Cooperation With Australia

Australians and Americans have fought side by side in every major U.S. military conflict of the past century, including World Wars I & II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and in present-day operations against violent extremist organizations like Al Qaida, the Islamic State, and their global affiliates.  This close partnership was first formalized with the Australia, New …

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U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. offers message of support as Australia faces bushfires

Statement from Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr.  November 14, 2019 On behalf of the American people and government, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the families and communities who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods in the terrible bushfires in recent days. The fire and rescue services of Queensland and New …

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U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands: UN General Assembly Update

U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands: UN General Assembly Update U.S. Department of State – Office of the Spokesperson  FACT SHEET – October 3, 2019 On September 27, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced $65 million in new assistance at a meeting with Pacific Island leaders in New York on the margins of the UN …

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World Peace Game inspires young Aussies to solve global challenges

Award-winning American school teacher John Hunter has brought his innovative World Peace Game program to Australia for the first time ever this month, inspiring Australian school students and teachers to take on the complex global problems of today. Mr Hunter has worked with over 80 Australian primary school students and teachers from more than 20 schools across the …

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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison of Australia at State Dinner

Rose Garden September 20, 2019 – 8:39 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Prime Minister Morrison, Mrs. Morrison: Melania and I are immensely honored to host you and the entire Australian delegation for a State Dinner in the historic Rose Garden.  I want to thank America’s magnificent First Lady for this truly exquisite evening.  Thank you very …

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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison of Australia in Joint Press Conference

Issued on: September 20, 2019 East Room- 12:21 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  Please.  We had a spectacular morning and it’s an honor being with the Prime Minister and Mrs. Morrison.  Thank you very much.  Australia is a fantastic country and a brilliant ally.  We just spent a lot of time together …

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Ambassador Culvahouse Remarks: 9/11 Memorial Ceremony – U.S. Embassy Canberra

As delivered September 11, 2019, at 8:46am Good morning.  Today is a day of solemn reflection.  We remember the innocent men and women whose lives were cut short on this day 18 years ago.  We remember the courageous first responders who rushed into harm’s way, selflessly putting themselves at risk to save others.   We remember …

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Joint Statement: Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2019 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds hosted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on 4 August in Sydney for the 29th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to deepen economic, security, and strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and globally. As Prime Minister Morrison and …

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Ambassador Culvahouse Speech: Apollo 50th Commemoration Remarks – Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station

July 20, 2019 – Check against delivery It is my distinct honor and privilege to be here this morning. Today, we celebrate your contribution to the pinnacle of human accomplishment – the Apollo 11 Mission and the first humans to walk on the surface of the Moon fifty years ago. On July 21, 1969, Australian space …

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Ambassador Culvahouse Speech: Independence Day 2019 – Canberra, Australia

July 2, 2019 07:45 pm – Questacon, Canberra Check against delivery   It is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome you tonight. I would like to acknowledge especially Ms. Pamela O’Grady, Acting Chief of Protocol; Dr. Meghan Clark, Head of the Australian Space Agency Mr. Badri Younes (BAH-dree YEW-ness), Deputy Administrator for Space Communications and …

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Chargé d’Affaires Carouso Speech – Avalon International Airshow Media Event

Avalon International Airshow – February 26, 2019  Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining me here today.  The 2019 Avalon Airshow is a monumental one for the United States, as it features over 100 U.S.-based firms and their locally-established subsidiaries.  This is the largest ever U.S. exhibitor contingent at Avalon, and the impressive number of …

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The skilled young Australians building the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Avalon, Australia – U.S. Acting Ambassador James Carouso will join with Australia’s Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, at the Avalon International Airshow today week to celebrate local Australian businesses contributing to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Using an Australian F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet as a backdrop, Acting Ambassador Carouso and …

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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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