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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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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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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