Chargé d’Affaires Speech: West Tech Fest 2017 – Perth

Great Seal of the United States

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

7 December 2017 The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Australia reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and …

“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 …

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 …

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. ..

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …