As part of Australia’s commitment to greater recognition of human rights, our embassies in the Mekong are working with governments and civil society to promote rights for LGBTI people.

Sesparlu Batch 18 with Former Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa.

As one of the 13 members of Sesparlu Batch 18 — the Indonesian foreign ministry’s diplomatic training program — I had the privilege to be part of the program’s tenth anniversary intake with other diplomats from the Indo-Pacific.

The glitz and glitter that is Eurovision has now descended on Kyiv as Ukraine hosts the annual musical spectacle.

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu on how it can be very busy and challenging being an Ambassador. But it is always rewarding.

Seventy years ago, Charles Frost arrived in Colombo as Australia’s first Commissioner to Ceylon. He became High Commissioner early the following year upon Ceylon’s independence. Since then, Ceylon has become Sri Lanka, and 22 Australian High Commissioners have called Colombo home.

With huge smiles, the business people I met shared exciting plans for attracting inward investment and driving local exports into new markets. I had come to talk about the importance of expanding trade with South East Asia but they were ahead of me and had so much to share.

Understanding and recognising the uniqueness of our individual differences is what makes our communities and countries strong, inclusive and progressive.