The increase in the world's connectivity has paved the way for an explosion in illegal trade in exotic pets. Billions of people across the world are now connected through various forms of social media. People can share pictures of themselves with a weird-looking lizard, or an adorable sugar-glider, and the desire for these pets can go viral.
With around two-thirds of our total agricultural production exported around the world, Australia’s foreign policy is an essential factor in the continuing and fast-growing success of our agricultural sector. This is one of the reasons the government is currently developing a Foreign Policy White Paper, which will provide a roadmap for advancing Australia’s agricultural interests overseas and define how we engage with the world in the years ahead.
By Dr Heather Smith PSM, Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Australia is home to some of the world’s best researchers, research institutions and research infrastructure, as well as entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses. Across a range of industry growth sectors (such as: advanced manufacturing; cyber security; food and agri-business; medical technology and …
In the 1960s young Papua New Guineans training for positions as senior public servants at the Administrative College talked about the future of an independent country. The informal discussion group, known as the ‘Bully Beef Club’, comprised an exceptional group of Papua New Guinea’s future independence leaders, including the first Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare.
Australia Awards scholarships continue to change the lives of Indonesia’s future leaders, which has long-term benefits for Australia’s bilateral relationship with that country.
Considering that over 100 million people are estimated to have been affected worldwide this year by extreme weather events such as floods, storms, drought and heatwaves, a lot can be learned from Australia’s efforts to integrate risk and resilience considerations into planning, policies and programs of all government departments.
As a small, open economy, Australia - and the lives of its people - are very much affected by international developments. Australia’s economic fortunes are inextricably linked to its ability to optimise the benefits of trade and international investment.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is best known as the home of Australia’s only nuclear research reactor, OPAL. What is less known is that ANSTO uses its expertise in nuclear science and technology to directly support Australia’s foreign policy objectives.
Today, the Foreign Minister launched Australia’s inaugural International Cyber Engagement Strategy. It sets out Australia’s ambitious cyber affairs agenda for the next three years. As Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, I will lead Australia’s international cyber engagement. I will ensure our efforts are comprehensive and coordinated, and founded on partnership with the private sector.
“I miss being able to control my emotions around my family – sometimes I can’t stop laughing and sometimes I can’t stop crying.” This man’s contribution is greeted with nods and an understanding chuckle around the circle. It is mid June 2017, and I am sitting with a group of men and women who have recently had brain injuries and strokes, along with two local physiotherapists, who are facilitating our first ever group therapy session at the Dong Nai General Hospital.