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Welcome to the Australian Embassy, Berlin
Australia has a warm and significant bilateral relationship with Germany. We have wide-ranging dialogue and cooperation with Germany, which ranks ninth among Australia's trading partners. We have a strong and expanding investment relationship. Germany is Australia's fifth largest source of foreign direct investment and Australia's fourth largest investment destination.
Germany has been a significant source of migrants to Australia. Germans and Australians have wide-ranging interest in each other's culture. Australia is one of the most popular overseas destinations for German tourists and students. The Government is keen to expand existing links with Germany, including in traditional and new commercial spheres.
For latest news available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, please see www.dfat.gov.au
Australia assumes Presidency of the G20
Statement by the Prime Minister:
"Today marks the official commencement of Australia’s Presidency of the G20.
Hosting the G20 in 2014 is a big opportunity and a big responsibility for Australia.
It allows us to help shape the global economic agenda for the benefit of all countries, and provides the opportunity to showcase the best of our nation.
The G20’s membership includes most of Australia’s largest trading partners – particularly those in the Asia-Pacific with whom we already have close and valued relationships.
Australia’s G20 Presidency in 2014 will focus on:
•Promoting stronger economic growth and more jobs; and
•Making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks.
As this year’s host, Australia has invited Singapore and New Zealand to join the G20 table in 2014. Both will bring much expertise to the G20’s work..." (more)
G20 media arrangements
Climax of the Leichhardt year - Events in Cottbus and Goyatz
A festive event at the "Weltspiegel" cinema in Cottbus on 22 October, at which scenes from the opera "Voss" will be presented, and the 8th Leichhardt conference in Goyatz at the Schwielochsee on 23 October will mark the climax of the celebrations around Ludwig Leichhardt's 200th birthday. Both events will include a live video link to Australia.
In the margins of the conference, a "Leichhardt stele" designed by Australian artist Sue Hayward will be officially unveiled at the Schwielochsee.
Meanwhile, a hitherto unknown letter written by Ludwig Leichhardt, dated from 1839, was discovered at the State Library of Queensland.
Ambassador Peter Tesch speaking in Cottbus // Ambassador Tesch signing the "Golden Book" of the city of Cottbus, with Lord Mayor Frank Szymanski to his left, and in the background (left to right) Lutz Wegner, Headmaster of the Leichhardt High School; Werner Pfeil, board member of the Ludwig Leichhardt working group; Ludwig Leichhardt, great great grand-nephew of Ludwig Leichhardt; Ingrid Klauka, board member of the Ludwig Leichhardt working group; Bernd Boschan, Executive Director of the Regional Administration Lieberose Oberspreewald; Dietmar Woidke, Premier of the State of Brandenburg; Reinhard Drogla, President of the Cottbus City Council [photographer: Michael Helbig]
Joint Australian-German stamp release celebrating Ludwig Leichhardt
Presentation at the Embassy in Berlin, 10 October
Dr. Kurt Bley of the German Finance Ministry and Ambassador Tesch // Ambassador Tesch, Dr Peter Danckert MP, Dr Bley
Dr Bley and Ludwig Leichhardt, great great grand-nephew of the historic Ludwig Leichhardt // Copies of the "Leichhardt Stamp White Album"
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New Government Sworn In
On 18 September 2013, the Hon Tony Abbott MP was sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General. Ms Julie Bishop MP was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
For a full list of the first Abbott ministry, please visit www.pm.gov.au.
Leichhardt Bicentenary activities approaching their climax
The Ludwig Leichhardt bicentenary is getting closer to its climax on 23 October 2013, the 200th birthday of the Brandenburg-born explorer. On its way to the lakes in the Spreewald area a replica of an historic 'Kaffenkahn' barge has now passed through Berlin's Landwehr Canal and stopped over at the German Technical Museum, showing how Leichhardt's family operated such a vessel carrying bricks and other goods between different parts of Brandenburg.
Meanwhile, Queensland Senator Sue Boyce has announced the results of a Leichhardt drawing and essay school competition.
Ambassador Peter Tesch (left) with the Director of the German Technical Museum, Prof. Dr. Dirk Böndel (centre) at the press call at the Landwehr Canal // The replica of the historic 'Kaffenkahn' barge on the Landwehr Canal in front of the German Technical Museum
Museum Director Professor Böndel and Ambassador Tesch with Lieberose Council Director Bernd Boschan and Council Manager Annett Joppich // With crew members in historic costumes in front of the original 'Kaffenkahn' barge held by the Museum
NAIDOC Week 2013 celebrated in Berlin
The Embassy celebrated NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week 2013 on 11 July by hosting a a guest lecture by Professor Dany Adone (University of Cologne) on 'Indigenous Sign Languages of Arnhem land', complemented by an exhibition of Indigenous art from north-west Australian remote area art centres, 'Sun Flying', curated by Helen Read, Palya Art (www.palya.com.au).
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Ambassador Tesch welcoming guests // Professor Adone presenting her lecture
Professor Adone with Professor Philip Bergmann // The Embassy's exhibition space
Team Australia Skillaroos visiting Berlin
32 of Australia's best young apprentices and trainees, known as the Team Australia Skillaroos, will be participating in the largest and most prestigious event of its kind, the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition in Leipzig from 2 to 7 July 2013. On their way to Leipzig, the team passed through Berlin, including for a visit to the Australian Embassy.
Team Australia Skillaroos visiting the Embassy // SAO Sue McQualter (centre) with WorldSkills Australia Chair Brian Wexham (left), WorldSkills Australia CEO Mark Callaghan and two team members
‘Connecting Australian–European Science and Innovation Excellence’ (CAESIE) is a new vehicle for driving collaboration between Australian and European researchers and small–to–medium–sized enterprises (SMEs). CAESIE aims to promote collaboration to address some of the world’s grand challenges: covering Clean Energy; Healthy Ageing through enabling technologies; Sustainable Cities.
For further information, click here or go to www.caesie.org.
World Environment Day, 5 June
To celebrate World Environment Day, the Embassy hosted two lectures as part of its Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack series (jointly initiated with Free University, Berlin): "Green Politics in a brown country", by Professor Verity Burgmann (University of Melbourne), and "The Sea and the Summer: Utopia as Futorology", by Professor Andrew Millner (Monash University). The talks were complemented by the opening of a photo exhibition, Climate Contrasts, presenting works by Sandra Eichler documenting the impact of the 'Black Saturday' bush fires in Victoria in 2009 and the flooding of Lake Eyre in 2010.
Professor Burgmann and Professor Millnar talking in the Embassy's lecture space
World Environment Day celebrated at the Embassy // Second Secretary Amanda Annamalay introducing photographer Sandra Eichler
"The Leichhardt-Lecture: Biodiversity Discovery in the Digital Era", jointly organised by the German Embassy Canberra and CSIRO, 5 June 2013, Canberra - for more information, please see www.australien.diplo.de/Vertretung/australien/de/08/seite__leichhardt__lecture.html
Pictured (L-R) are Anne Braun (Scientific Affairs Officer, German Embassy), Dr John La Salle (Director, Atlas of Living Australia; presenter), Mr Matthias Sonn (Acting Ambassador of Germany), Dr Daniel Walker (Deputy Chief, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences), Liz Yuncken (Europe Advisor, CSIRO)
Strengthened aid cooperation
AusAID Director-General Peter Baxter and Gudrun Kopp, German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, during a visit to Sydney on 23 May 2013 pledged to strengthen the Australian-German aid cooperation in Africa. In a first activity under the partnership agreement, AusAID has committed A$2m to improve governance in mining in Liberia.
Australian Ancestral Remains to be Returned from Berlin
A delegation of representatives from Indigenous peoples in Australia is on a visit to Berlin this week to collect ancestral remains from the Charité.
Address by then Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts, The Hon. Michael Danby MP: Indigenous Ancestral Remains returning home
Parliamentary Secretary Michael Danby MP speaking at the ceremony // Ian Crombie, representative of the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara peoples, and Ned David, Co-chair, Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation
Signature of documents at the ceremony // German MP and head of the German-Australian Parliamentary Friendship Group Volkmar Klein; Ambassador Peter Tesch; Ian Crombie, representative of the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara peoples; Michael Danby MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts; Tauto Sansbury, representative of the South Australian peoples
ANZAC Day 2013
To commemorate the 98th Anniversary of the landings at Anzac Cove and to honour the war dead of both nations, a Service of Remembrance will be held at the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery, Heerstraße 151 in Berlin-Charlottenburg at 10:30h on Thursday 25 April 2013.
Address by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts, The Hon. Michael Danby MP: Lest We Forget, Nie Wieder, Koved Zayer Ondenk
Ambassador Peter Tesch (left) and the Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts The Hon. Michael Danby MP speaking at the ANZAC Day 2013 ceremony in Berlin
Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation on visit to Berlin
The (former) Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, the Hon Greg Combet AM, MP (pictured right), visited Berlin for an official program on 10-12 April, including talks with German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Peter Altmaier MdB
International Women's Day 2013
Senator the Hon Bob Carr, then Minister for Foreign Affairs, recorded a video message to mark UN International Women's Day (8 March) addressing this year's IWD theme of ending violence against women.
YouTube: Message from the Foreign Minister
YouTube: Message from Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls
Op-ed: International Women's Day
Australia at Berlinale 2013
Australian films win top awards at the Berlin International Film Festival
Two Australian films have won Crystal Bear awards at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in an outstanding show of recognition of Australian talent. Kim Mordaunt's debut feature The Rocket won Best Feature in the Generation Kplus program. Matthew Moore's The Amber Amulet has been awarded Best Short Film in Generation Kplus and Catriona McKenzie's feature Satellite Boy has received two Special Mentions in the same section.
The Rocket also won Berlinale's Best First Feature Award and the Amnesty International Film Prize.
The Australian film industry was represented strongly at this year's Festival, including in the NATIVe program (australiaatberlin.com).
Ambassador Peter Tesch (2nd from left) with Berlinale NATIVe program curator Maryanne Redpath, US Ambassador Phil Murphy (right), New Zealand Ambassador Peter Rider (2nd from right) and Canadian Chargé d’Affairs Eric Walsh, at a reception at the Embassy celebrating Berlinale's NATIVe program // Ambassador Peter Tesch with Screen Australia's Erica Glynn, Head of Indigenous, Dr Ruth Harley, CEO, and Dale Fairbairn, Marketing Manager (from right).
Australian film director Warwick Thornton (left) with NATIVe program guests // ZDF editor Stefanie Hayn reporting from the NATIVe program reception at the Australian Embassy, 8 February 2013
Australian cast and crew from 'Satellite Boy' in Berlinale's Generation program // Screen Australia's CEO Dr Ruth Harley with film director Jane Campion
Berlin-Canberra Declaration of Intent on a Strategic Partnership
Marking the completion of the 60th anniversary year of full diplomatic relations between Australia and Germany on 28 January 2013, then Australian Foreign Minister Senator the Hon Bob Carr visited Berlin for meetings with his German counterparts, Foreign Minister Dr Guido Westerwelle MdB and the Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development, Dirk Niebel MdB. Following their talks, Senator Carr and Dr Westerwelle signed the Berlin-Canberra Declaration of Intent on a Strategic Partnership.
Senator Bob Carr and German Foreign Minister Dr Guido Westerwelle concluding the signature of the Berlin-Canberra Declaration
Embassy celebrating Australia Day - Order of Australia Medal awarded to German RFDS supporter
Celebrating Australia Day, the Embassy hosted a major reception for around 400 guests on 28 January. Highlights of the event were the opening of activities for the 200th anniversary year of Ludwig Leichhardt (the famous explorer was born on 23 October 1813 in the Spreewald area south of Berlin), which included the unveiling of a commemorative coin issued by the Perth Mint, and the award of an Order of Australia Medal to German pediatrician Dr Hans-Ullrich Henschel, who in 2004 established flydoc australia, a group supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service by raising donations.
Senator Carr and Perth Mint Marketing Director Ron Currie unveiling Leichhardt coin (left) and Senator Carr awarding OAM to Dr Hans-Ullrich Henschel
Anniversary of Ludwig Leichhardt's 200th birthday in October 2013 - overview of activities
Australia-Germany Innovation Forum
The next 60 years of innovation in action - 24 January 2013
Australia and Germany celebrating 60 years of full diplomatic relations in 2012
Historical document: Statement by the Minister for External Affairs, the Rt. Hon. R.G. Casey, 28 January 1952
Op-ed: Australia Germany - Close Friends and Global Citizens - Looking Beyond 60
Youtube-Video: Australia and Germany - celebrating 60 years of formal diplomatic relations