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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER
I am pleased to provide this message on the occasion of Ramadan.
Marking the month in which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, Ramadan is a time for forgiveness, reflection and renewal of faith.
It is a time for charity, generosity and kindness towards others.
The practices of Ramadan reflect a deep commitment, and I respect the devotion and discipline of all who fast for their faith.
Ramadan is also a time for strengthening bonds between family and friends as Iftar dinners are shared to break the fast each day.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution of the Muslim-Australian community to our nation.
We live in a country that has long been an exemplar of how people of different faith and cultures can not only live harmoniously together but find unity in diversity.
I send my best wishes to everyone observing the holy month of Ramadan.
The Hon Tony Abbott MP
Prime Minister of Australia
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The Australian-modelled surf safety and lifesaving program has been highly successful. Since the program commenced there have been no drowning deaths on White Beach under the watch of the lifeguards. “This is an outstanding achievement and is a testament to the dedication of the Australian trainers and the ability of the Filipino lifesavers,” Ambassador Tweddell said. Through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program in the Philippines, Australia has supported the development of lifesaving capabilities across the country.
“We always look forward to Brigada Eskwela and working side by side with students, teachers, communities and DepEd to help schools get ready for the new school year”, Ambassador Tweddell said. “Our volunteer work is in the true tradition of Australian mateship and in the spirit of Filipino bayanihan, which involves working together to reach a common goal. It is equality, generosity and fellowship.”
“With the growing awareness and demand for healthy and clean food options, more and more people are looking to Australia as a source of high quality, healthy and safe produce”, said Ambassador Tweddell, “Australian farms enjoy a pristine growing environment and a clean environment ensures the freshest and best quality products.” [More...]
On Saturday 25 April 2015 the Australian and New Zealand Embassies in Manila will jointly host the Centenary of ANZAC Day Dawn Service ceremony, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), Fort Bonifacio, Makati City, Metro Manila. The Dawn Service will commence at 5:30am. [More...]
One of Australia’s leading universities, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has signed partnership agreements with nine Philippine universities to formalise an already transformative collaboration on the field of education, particularly in teacher training, educational leadership, curriculum and research capacity development. [More...]
The Australian Government will gift two recently-decommissioned Landing Craft Heavy vessels, including a package of spare parts, to the Philippines Government, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews, announced today. [More...]
Two high-quality Australian and Philippine universities will offer innovative study and exchange opportunities for outstanding Filipino undergraduate and graduate students through a new academic collaboration between the University of Newcastle (Australia) and De La Salle University (Philippines), under the Australia Awards Scholarships institutional partnership framework. [More...]
Australia is saddened by the loss of life and damage to infrastructure in the Philippines due to Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby. In response to the Government’s call to mobilise in-country resources, the Australian Government will provide further support to communities affected by the typhoon, delivered through our prepositioned stores with the United Nations Population Fund and the Philippine Red Cross. [More...]
Australia is providing a further Php292 million (A$7.3 million) to support the massive ongoing recovery and reconstruction activities in areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda in November last year. The additional contribution will be provided through the Resilience and Preparedness towards Inclusive Development (RAPID) Program jointly implemented by the Government of the Philippines through the Climate Change Commission, the United Nations Development Program, and the Australian Government. [More...]
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.