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Australia, Canada, UK, and the US serious Concerns mass arrests of politicians in Hong Kong

We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, underscore our serious concern at the mass arrests of 55 politicians and activists in Hong Kong for subversion under the National Security Law.  The National Security Law is a clear breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermines the 'One Country, Two Systems’ framework. It has curtailed the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. It is clear that the National Security Law is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views. We call on the Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without fear of arrest and detention. It is crucial that the postponed Legislative Council elections in September proceed in a fair way that includes candidates representing a range of political opinions. Joint Statement Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and

Payne welcomes Tongan Seasonal Workers for Queensland

Australia welcomes another significant step towards restarting Australia’s highly valued Pacific labour mobility programs and supporting our Pacific family, with the arrival of the first group of Tongan workers since Australia’s border restrictions came into effect in March. This will also be the first time Pacific seasonal workers will be quarantined on farm, consistent with the Queensland Government’s approved guidelines. The 151 Tongan Seasonal Worker Programme participants will support Queensland’s horticultural producers who play an integral role in securing Australia’s food supply and boosting regional economies. They follow on from the 323 workers who have arrived in the Northern Territory to date, from Vanuatu. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the Morrison Government is working with States and Territories, industry and Pacific governments, to ensure Australia’s valued Pacific labour mobility initiatives — the Seasonal Worker Programme and Pac

Pompeo with Secretary of Defense Esper, Australian Marise Payne Reaffirm Strong Alliance

SECRETARY POMPEO:   Good afternoon, everyone. We have had a lively and productive set of conversations this morning and last night as well.  I’ll get to that in just a bit. First, though, I want to personally thank Ministers Payne and Reynolds for traveling all this way, halfway around the world, to be with us today.  That is a tough trip in ordinary times. Link: And your entire delegation will be quarantining when you get back.  Not many partners will do that for us, and so thank you to each of you and your teams for being with us here in person.  It was very important that we all be together to have this important conversation. Before she left Australia, Minister Payne called this year’s AUSMIN meetings, quote, the “most significant,” end of quote, in her time “for Australia’s short, medium, and long-term interests.” The same could be said for our side as well. Our two great democracies face immediate crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and l

Australian $8.3 Million research projects to fight antimicrobial resistance and TB in the Pacific

Australia’s commitment to support the health and wellbeing of our Pacific Island neighbours remains steadfast, with four new research projects totalling more than $8.3 million to tackle the threat of drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the Pacific region. DR-TB and AMR are major emerging health threats to Pacific Island countries. Part of the funding is a $4.25 million Australian research project that will specifically address antibiotic resistant tuberculosis in the Pacific. This research will be led by Professor Barend Marais of the University of Sydney, and include trialling bold new strategies to reduce and eventually eliminate DR-TB in the Pacific. Professor Marais’ research will focus on the DR-TB hotspot of Kiribati. Every person aged three or older with TB disease or infection in the capital Tarawa will be treated to prevent the emergence and spread of DR-TB. Patients will be identified by tuberculin skin testing, chest X-ray and/or sputum

Payne, Australia and India agree on new partnership on cyber technology

The Morrison Government has entered into a landmark, cooperative arrangement with India on cyber affairs and critical technology. As part of the Australia-India Leaders’ Virtual Summit held today, I was pleased to join my Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, in signing the Australia-India Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber‑Enabled Critical Technologies Cooperation. The Arrangement will enhance our bilateral cooperation on cyber and critical technology issues, which sit at the core of our new Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with India. Under the Arrangement, Australia and India will work together to promote and preserve an open, free, safe and secure Internet, enhance digital trade, harness critical technology opportunities and address cyber security challenges. Critical technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and robotics present significant opportunities for people, businesses and the broader economy, but also must be guided

DFACT 10 cruise ships with around 600 Australian passengers on board.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is in direct contact with 10 cruise ships with around 600 Australian passengers on board. This has reduced from 38 affected cruise ships with over 5,500 Australians just two weeks ago. This is a result of co-operation with cruise lines and host countries. We appreciate this co-operative effort and acknowledge the patience of many passengers as these complex arrangements are determined. Yesterday, about 800 Australians disembarked the  Vasco Da Gama  in Fremantle. In the days ahead, we are working to see more Australians disembark cruise ships at ports around the world. In most cases, disembarkation cannot occur unless passengers have onward flight arrangements and are able to travel directly to the airport via a so-called sanitary corridor, put in place by host countries. Therefore, arrangements of disembarkation and onward travel have required consistent and careful advocacy by the Australian Government, and co-operation with cruise line ope

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