Feature stories - July 2011

Australia and the OECD

27 July 2011

In 2011, the OECD celebrates its 50th anniversary. Australia has been a member of this important organisation for 40 years.

Find out more about Australia and the OECD in this new brochure.

Australia and the OECD brochure

More about the OECD

Visit to United Nations

22 July 2011

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, has concluded his visit to United Nations, which focused on climate change and its impact on small island states.

Mr Marles held talks with Ambassadors from the Pacific and other small island states, as well as meeting UN staff to discuss priorities in the Pacific, and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Media release: Parliamentary Secretary concludes visit to United Nations

Visit to Bali

22 July 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd attends the East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Conference and the 18th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)

Video: Visit to Bali

ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Conference

Australia-China 2.0 Trade Mission

14 July 2011

Trade Minister Dr Craig Emerson will be visiting China in August for the Australia-China 2.0 Trade Mission. The mission is designed to help Australia's businesses expand their links with China's booming regional or second-tier cities.

Australia-China 2.0 presentation [PDF]

Apply to join the mission

Boao Forum for Asia Conference

11 July 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd gave a speech at the Boao Forum for Asia Conference in Perth.

Speech to Boao Forum for Asia Perth Conference

Photo gallery

Visit to East Timor

9 July 2011

Mr Rudd met with leaders of the East Timorese Government and discussed Australia's and East Timor's existing development cooperation.

Video: Arrival in East Timor

Transcript: Press Conference with East Timorese Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa

Visit to Indonesia

8 July 2011

Mr Rudd meet with his counterpart, Dr Marty Natalegawa, as well as other senior ministers to discuss a range of shared security, political and economic interests.

Media release: Foreign Minister visit to Indonesia and East Timor

Transcript: Press conference with Dr Marty Natalegawa

Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness

6 July 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced reforms to Australia's aid program to ensure it is strategic, more transparent and gets real results.

Media release: An Effective Aid Program for Australia: Making a real difference - delivering real results

Government's Response to the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness


7 July 2011

NAIDOC celebrates the survival of Indigenous culture and the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to contemporary Australia.

DFAT has launched an Indigneous touring art exhibition - Message Stick.

Speech: Launch of Message Stick Exhibition

Photo gallery: NAIDOC week

Foreign Minister visit to Burma

2 July 2011

Kevin Rudd visited Burma to discuss ways Australia can support positive reform and development in one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. It was the first visit by an Australian Foreign Minister since 2002

Media release: Visit to Burma

Transcript of doorstop interview

Video with Janelle Saffin, Member for Page

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