Virtual Remarks to the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2021

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

PRIME MINSTER: G’day everyone, from Australia. I’m pleased to be joining the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

I thank our hosts and recognise His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, the Guest of Honour.

Australia enjoys a close friendship with Brunei, and I really want to thank His Majesty the Sultan for his steady leadership at this very difficult time.

I had the opportunity to thank His Majesty personally recently in one of our recent calls.

Sadly, the pandemic has kept us apart again this year.

Yet the relationships between our governments, businesses and people – they’re as strong as ever.

During this time of uncertainty, we do stand together – as partners – in facing the economic, health and environmental challenges facing our world, and especially our region.

ASEAN is a long-time, valued partner of Australia.

Our futures are intertwined.

Your growth underpins our prosperity.

Your stability is fundamental to our own.

And our enduring relationship is critical to an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region.

I am here to affirm that Australia strongly supports ASEAN’s centrality.

ASEAN and its forums are an essential pillar of our engagement with the Indo-Pacific.

Our interests align closely with the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

Our partnership with ASEAN is one that we are always seeking to strengthen.

And we want our businesses to invest in the region with confidence, and for yours to do the same here in Australia.

Today, I will speak briefly about our partnership and how we are responding to the health, economic and environmental challenges we collectively face.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of what we can achieve when we work together.

We all know that the way forward from here is vaccines.

Access to safe and effective vaccines is the highest priority for Indo-Pacific nations.

And Australia is stepping up to help our friends, stand with them, our neighbours, and those in need.

Together with our Quad partners – the United States, India and Japan – we have pledged to donate at least 1.2 billion vaccine doses globally.

And Australia has committed 60 million doses to the Indo-Pacific by the end of 2022.

Already, we’ve delivered two million doses directly to Southeast Asia, and we expect to share millions and millions more by the end of this year.

We’ve also contributed $130 million to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, which so far has delivered over 33 million doses to Southeast Asia.

We’ve committed $21 million to support the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases.

And we’re also combatting vaccine misinformation, we’re training health workers, we’re providing much-needed medical equipment and expertise across Southeast Asia.

These investments are an addition to the $500 million to support new security, economic and development cooperation with Southeast Asia, which I announced at the ASEAN-Australia Summit last year.

And we’re working towards safely restoring international travel, which will be vital for reinvigorating all of our economies.

We all want our economies to rebound strongly from COVID-19.

And we all know that this can be accelerated through trade and investment under an open, rules-based international system.

This makes agreements, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, more important than ever.

These agreements bring together the shared economic weight of ASEAN and the region’s other major economies.

Through our $46 million Australia’s Regional Trade for Development and our Digital Standards Initiatives, we are working with ASEAN to support implementation of RCEP, including by bringing a larger focus to e-commerce and digital trade across the region.

We are also working bilaterally to forge new agreements and deepen existing arrangements with regional partners such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore, to boost two way trade and open up new frontiers in the green economy.

This is a vibrant and dynamic region, and we want to ensure the opportunities and benefits of trade continue to flow unimpeded, and that supply chains remain open and connected.

At the same time, we’re also very focused on the global challenge of climate change and the world’s transition to a new energy economy.

We know reducing emissions – domestically and internationally – will require practical, scalable and commercially viable technologies.

And that’s why we are making major investments to drive our energy transition, including around $20 billion to commercialise promising new technologies like clean hydrogen, green steel, long-duration energy storage and carbon capture.

We expect this will leverage some $80 billion in total investment by 2030.

And this will help drive our energy transition.

And it will help our friends and neighbours too – including our ASEAN nations – to transition to secure and affordable low-emissions technologies that can drive development and jobs within the ASEAN region.

As part of this work, we’ve agreed to pool the collective resources and expertise of Quad partners – the United States, Japan and India – to work with other Indo-Pacific partners to build the reliable and resilient supply chains needed to support the region’s energy transition.

And I look forward to inviting your best and brightest clean energy experts and minds to Australia’s Clean Energy Summit in early 2022.

I want to assure you Australia is embracing the opportunities of the new energy economy, as the world accelerates its pursuit of net-zero emissions.

And, today, we join ASEAN member countries in looking to the future with great optimism, confident that together we can meet the challenges before us all.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Greens @ Palm Beach Farmers Market (20 Nov)

Source: Australian Green Party

Greens @ Palm Beach Farmers Market (20 Nov)
Mon, 10/25/2021 – 16:43

Gold Coast Greens community conversations at Palm Beach Farmers Market

Event location
Palm Beach, QLD


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Greens @ Burleigh Farmers Market (13 Nov)

Source: Australian Green Party

Greens @ Burleigh Farmers Market (13 Nov)
Mon, 10/25/2021 – 16:43

Gold Coast Greens community conversations at Burleigh Farmers Market

Event location
Burleigh Heads, QLD


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Webinar presentation: Webinar 2 Application for consent to import, supply, or export a medical device non-compliant with the Essential Principles

Source: Australian Department of Health


These presentation papers are provided on the TGA’s website solely for the purpose of indicating or suggesting what TGA representatives spoke about to the various conferences and seminars to which it relates. The papers are not legislative in nature and should not be taken to be statements of any law or policy in any way.

The Australian Government Department of Health (of which the TGA is a part) advises that (a) the presentation papers should not be relied upon in any way as representing a comprehensive description of regulatory requirements, and (b) cannot guarantee, and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for, the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information contained in the presentation paper.


  • Presented by: Amanda Craig, Devices Post Market Reforms and Reviews, Medical Device Surveillance Branch
  • Presented at: Online webinar
  • Presentation date: Wednesday 20 October 2021
  • Presentation summary: : Guiding you through the new online form to request TGA approval to supply non-compliant patient information materials.

Police investigation ongoing into burglary at Devonport jewellery store

Source: Tasmania Police

Police investigation ongoing into burglary at Devonport jewellery store – Tasmania Police


Police investigation ongoing into burglary at Devonport jewellery store

Monday, 25 October 2021 – 4:35 pm.

A police investigation is ongoing into the burglary at a jewellery store on Stewart Street in Devonport early Saturday morning.
Two people have been charged with the matter after being apprehended in Launceston yesterday.
A 25 year old man appeared in the Launceston Court after hours yesterday and was remanded in custody until today.
A 24 year old woman was given police bail to attend court at a later date.
The police investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information that would assist the police investigation is asked to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

Sexual assault – East Arnhem Land

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a child in East Arnhem Land.

At around 1:15pm yesterday, police received a report that a child under the age of 16 years had been sexually assaulted at a residential property in East Arnhem Land.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing and in the interest of protecting the victim’s privacy, no further information will be provided.

Launceston Traffic Operation focused on detecting and deterring vehicle-based offences

Source: Tasmania Police

Launceston Traffic Operation focused on detecting and deterring vehicle-based offences – Tasmania Police


Launceston Traffic Operation focused on detecting and deterring vehicle-based offences

Monday, 25 October 2021 – 3:35 pm.

Tasmania Police is urging all drivers to ensure they do the right thing on the roads, following a number of tragic crashes on Tasmanian roads over the past year.
“Police will be conducting a traffic operation in the northern suburbs of Launceston today, focusing on drink driving and drug related offences,” said Senior Constable Shannon McMahon.
“During the operation, police will be conducting activities including licence checks, oral fluid testing, random breath testing and vehicle compliance checks – to ensure all vehicles and drivers on our roads are safe.”
Police will include officers from around the state, including officers from the Western Division, Northern Drug Investigation Service, Launceston Uniform, Family Violence, and the drug detection dog ‘PD Fang’.
Today’s operation supports the commitment of Tasmania Police to making the roads safer for all road users, by improving driver behaviour and vehicle safety, to reduce crashes on our roads.