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2014 Western Australian Senate election
An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday, 5 April 2014.
You can check if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014.
In person voting will not be available at the Australian Embassy Manila for this election. You can apply online for a postal vote to be sent to you from Australia at www.aec.gov.au/overseas.
Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM) - February 2014
- Australia announces A$150M funding assistance for education
- 40th Anniversary of Australia's relationship with ASEAN
- Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting: Joint Ministerial Statement
- Call On President Benigno S Aquino III
- Australian Foreign and Trade and Investment Ministers to visit Philippines
Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) is estimated to be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in history. Its scale is immense; more than 13 million people have been affected and an estimated 4 million people have been displaced. Those who survived remain in need of food, shelter and health care.
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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced new funding assistance from the Australian Government to the Philippines’ Department of Education (DepEd), totalling A$150 million or PhP 6 billion over the next six years to finance a high-impact education program.
Ms Bishop made the announcement during the launching of the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) program, the new Australian-Philippine education initiative.
The BEST program supports the Aquino administration’s ambitious “K to 12” reform agenda, and will benefit more than eight million students in nearly 19,000 public schools. [More...]
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Philippines’ Secretary for Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario officially launched the 40thanniversary of Australia’s partnership with ASEAN this year in Manila (the Philippines is Australia’s current ASEAN country coordinator). They unveiled the anniversary logo and were especially joined by the ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh and the Myanmar Ambassador to the Philippines HE U Ye Myint Aung as representative of the current ASEAN Chair to mark the occasion.
“Australia’s relationship with ASEAN has grown from a modest officials’ meeting in Canberra on 16 April 1974 to one in which our cooperation is as deep as it is broad, covering trade, security, education, development, disaster relief and other areas”, Ms Bishop said. [More...]
The Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Albert del Rosario, and Secretary of Trade and Industry, the Hon Gregory Domingo, met with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, on 20 February 2014 for the Fourth Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting.
The Secretaries and Ministers reaffirmed the steadfast friendship between the Philippines and Australia and agreed to work collaboratively to promote economic growth and new business opportunities and advance common objectives for the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. [More...]
Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop, MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, together with the New South Wales Premier, The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, reaffirmed the long-standing and strong relationship between Australia and the Philippines during a call on Philippines President H.E. Benigno S Aquino III at Malacanang Palace.
“Both Ministers and the NSW Premier had a productive discussion with President Aquino on a wide range of issues, including regional affairs, bilateral economic ties, defence and maritime security, and Typhoon Yolanda relief and reconstruction,” said Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell. [More...]
Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade and Investment Ministers, together with the New South Wales Premier, are visiting the Philippines this week for high level meetings with the Philippines Government and business community.
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, and The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, the Premier of the state of New South Wales (NSW), will visit Manila between 19 and 21 February 2014.
Ms Bishop and Mr Robb will meet with the Secretaries for Foreign Affairs and for Trade and Industry, Albert del Rosario and Gregory Domingo, for the Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM). [More...]
Australian-educated and trained Filipinos across the country gathered in a one-and-a-half day national conference to discuss and share ideas on how they could give back more to the Philippines. Organised by the Philippines Australian Alumni Association (PA3i), the conference is a platform to empower alumni to become agents of social change and development in the Philippines.
The PA3i national conference, with the theme “I am PA3i. I am Change.” brought together some of the movers and shakers of social change in the Philippines to challenge and encourage the alumni to contribute to nation-building, particularly applying knowledge and experiences gained from their Australian education. [More...]
As part of Celebrate Australia Festival 2014, the Australian Embassy and Fully Booked are partnering for a month-long promotion which includes a store display of, and discount on, selected titles of ten highly-acclaimed Australian authors. The promotion includes Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel, The Book Thief. Zusak’s book has been adapted into a feature film and will be presented in a “Read It Before You See It” book club discussion at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City on Saturday, February 1, starting at 3:00pm. The film will open in Philippine cinemas on February 19. [More...]
The Australian Government has expressed its continued commitment to the peace process between the Philippine Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) by announcing new funding to support their efforts to usher in a new, more positive chapter in Mindanao.
“With this announcement, Australia seeks to support a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Mindanao to benefit not only the people of Southern Philippines but the entire country as well,” Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell said. [More...]
Filipino recipients of Australian postgraduate scholarships have successfully completed their studies and are returning to drive and re-energize development initiatives in their home government agencies, including the Departments of Education, Interior and Local Government, and the Civil Service Commission.
As part of the condition of their scholarships, recipients are required to complete a “Re-Entry Action Plan” (REAP) using their Australian education. The REAP is a unique feature of the scholarship program, which aims to enable Australia Awards scholars to develop and implement meaningful development programs upon their return to the Philippines. [More...]
Australian Ambassador welcomes finalisation of Annex and Addendum on Bangsamoro peace agreement
The Australian Ambassador to the Philippines has congratulated Parties on completing the final Annex and Addendum as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on the Bangsamoro and welcomed it as a new opportunity for peace and stability in Mindanao.
His Excellency Bill Tweddell, the Australian Ambassador in Manila, today welcomed the finalisation of the Annex on Normalisation and Addendum on Waters as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Ambassador Tweddell said, “We congratulate the Philippines Government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and all the panel members on finalising the Annex on Normalisation and the Addendum on Waters. We recognise the significant efforts of all the parties who have worked tirelessly toward this goal.”[More]
In 2014, the Australian Embassy in Manila will mark Australia’s National Day with a month-long festival showcasing Australian culture and artistic talent. Events will be held in various venues around Manila, highlighting Australia’s modern, multicultural, creative and innovative culture.
“The Celebrate Australia Festival is not only an opportunity to share with Filipinos the best of Australia, but also reflects the shared values and forward-looking attitude that has been the foundation of the deep, broad-ranging and growing relationship between our two countries,” said Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell. [More...]
“Over the past month the ADF has moved thousands of tonnes of aid by air and sea where it has been needed most, evacuated displaced people, and helped over 15,000 kids get back to school in Ormoc."
“Australia continues to stand by its neighbour and dear friend, the Philippines, as we move from relief and recovery operations to rehabilitation and reconstruction in communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda.” [More...]
Australian Defence Force engineers and sailors working in Ormoc as part of a ‘Recovery Support Force’ have focused their clean-up efforts on local schools, helping more than 14,500 students return to classes at 13 schools since school started back on December 2nd.
Since arriving at San Antonio beach from Australian amphibious ship ‘Tobruk’ on November 27th, the Australian troops have been busy, cleaning up the schools in partnership with the Australian Government and Philippines Department of Education.
The troops’ efforts over the past 12 days have repaired 175 classrooms, removing over 850 cubic metres of debris and recycling which filled 185 truckloads. [More...]
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced on Sunday, 08 December 2013, an additional AU$10 million to Australia's humanitarian response in the Philippines, bringing Australia's total contribution to AU$40 million. [More...]
"The Philippines is a wonderful nation with many challenges on its hands. It did not need the extra challenge of this worst ever landfall typhoon that they had to experience in recent weeks. A terrible crisis, a terrible tragedy often takes the world's attention and then we move on very quickly. The world moves on because there is so much to grab our attention. But we need to remain focused on the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and, as we said yesterday at the community day, they will always remain in our thoughts, and our actions and support will always be with them." [More...]
The Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell has handed over 1,000 family tents to the Department of Social Welfare and Development during his second visit in a fortnight to the Typhoon affected area.
Ambassador Tweddell visited Cebu City to inspect the progress of the Australian response to Typhoon Yolanda.
The United Nations estimate that 1.1 million houses were damaged in the Typhoon.
“Food, water, and the health of people affected by Typhoon Yolanda remain pressing priorities, but the initial focus in those areas is giving way to one of the other priority areas for the Philippine Government: Shelter,” Mr Tweddell said. [More...]
The Australian medical team which has been providing life-saving surgery to victims of Typhoon Yolanda will depart Tacloban today. There will be a seamless transition to a second Australian medical team which arrives tomorrow.
Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell paid tribute to the teams’ work, saying it was a fine example of Australian-Filipino cooperation.
“The 37-member Australian medical team treated 1400 patients and operated on 137 people over ten days in Tacloban, often with the assistance of Filipino medical staff,” Mr Tweddell said. [More...]
Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell personally inspected over the weekend Australian relief operations around Cebu and Leyte, just as the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) quickly set up a 50-bed field hospital that is now functioning as the surgical hub in Tacloban. The city bore the brunt of devastation from Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). The field hospital is equipped with an X-ray facility, two operating theatres, five triage outpatient tents, and medical supplies to treat up to 4,000 patients and perform up to 200 operations. [More...]