Feature stories - April 2011

The Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative

30 April 2011

Kevin Rudd visited Berlin as part of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative. A joint statement was released by Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Berlin Statement by Foreign Ministers on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

Foreign Minister visit to France – ANZAC Day 2011

25 April 2011

Australian Foreign Minister Mr Kevin Rudd visited and spoke at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France for the ANZAC Day Ceremony 2011.

Speech: A nation's pilgrimage - ANZAC Day 2011

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Visit to South East Asia by Professor Ian Frazer

21 April 2011

DFAT is supporting Professor Ian Frazer, creator of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer and 2006 Australian of the Year, to conduct a science diplomacy tour of South East Asia from 25 April to 11 May 2011. He will visit Jakarta, Bangkok, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Manila.

Trade Minister visit to Indonesia

20 April 2011

Trade Minister Craig Emerson meeting with the Chair of Indonesian Parliamentary Commission VI, Mr Airlangga Hartarto in Jakarta.

Media release: Trade Minister visits Indonesia

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Australia assists landmine victims in Vietnam and Laos

13 April 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced $4 million over four years for the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Special Fund for the Disabled in Vietnam and other mine affected countries.

Media release: Australia assists landmine victims in Vietnam and Laos

Photo: Foreign Minister viewing how prosthetic limbs are made at an Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centre, Vietnam, 13 April 2011

Trading our way to more jobs and prosperity

12 April 2011

Trade Minister Craig Emerson has released his Trade Policy Statement, which puts the pursuit of free trade at the heart of the Gillard Government's economic reform program.

Media release: Gillard Government reforms Australia's trade policy

Gillard Government Trade Policy Statement: Trading our way to more jobs and prosperity

Australians helping Japan

7 April 2011

Foreign Minister Rudd has launched a new 'Australians helping Japan' website to guide the many Australians wanting to help Japan recover from the earthquake and tsunami.

Mr Rudd also used the launch to welcome DFAT's new twitter account: @dfat

Helping Australians Helping Japan

Diplomatic Corps visit to Queensland

6 April 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has visited Queensland with the Diplomatic Corps

Media release Diplomatic Corps visit to Queensland

Joint Media Conference

Photo: Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and the Diplomatic Corps at the opening of the Diplomatic Corp visit to Queensland

Natural disasters take their toll on Australian exports

5 April 2011

Australia recorded a small trade deficit in February of $205 million, as exports fell by 2 per cent, to $22.8 billion, compared with January.

Media release: Natural disasters take their toll on Australian exports

More information: Australia's trade balance to February 2011

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