HAMAS LISTED AS TERRORIST ORGANISATION

Australia has today listed Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code. This listing replaces the previous listing of Hamas’ paramilitary wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which had been listed since 2003. The Government also designates Hamas for the purpose of counter-terrorism financing sanctions. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews…

SIX OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST DETECTOR DOG GRADUATES HEAD OVERSEAS TO ENHANCE REGIONAL BORDER SECURITY

Australia today says ‘sayonara’ to six of its best detector dog graduates, as they depart overseas for a career with Japan Customs, once again demonstrating the Australian Government’s cutting-edge border protection arrangements on the world stage. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews, herself a patron of the Australian Border Force’s Detector Dog Program (ABF DDP),…

NEW COMMANDER FOR OPERATION SOVEREIGN BORDERS

From today, the Australian Government’s strong border protection measures under Operation Sovereign Borders will be led by Rear Admiral Justin Jones CSC, RAN, ensuring continuity of the successful border policies that have saved lives at sea since 2013 and ended maritime people smuggling to Australia. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews welcomed Rear Admiral Jones…

PRESS CONFERENCE – AVALON AIRPORT

Topics: Safe reopening of the international border; Avalon Airport; intention to list Hizballah as a terrorist organisation. JUSTIN GIDDINGS: Hello everyone – I’m Justin Giddings; CEO of Avalon Airport, and I want to welcome Minister Andrews here today. The Minister is the Minister for Home Affairs, and obviously, Home Affairs is very important to us at…

New agreement to secure our region from maritime people smuggling

The Australian and Nauruan Governments have today signed a memorandum of understanding to establish an enduring regional processing capability in Nauru. Regional processing is a key pillar of the Australian Government’s strong border protection policies. Under Operation Sovereign Borders, people who attempt to travel to Australia illegally by boat are turned back, or transferred to…

AUSTRALIA SECURES ONSHORE MANUFACTURING AGREEMENTS FOR TWO COVID-19 VACCINES

A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available progressively throughout 2021 in Australia, if promising trials prove successful, following a $1.7 billion supply and production agreement between the Australian Government and pharmaceutical companies. Under the agreement, the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland/CSL will provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses for the Australian…

NEW DEAL SECURES POTENTIAL COVID-19 VACCINE FOR EVERY AUSTRALIAN

Australians will be among the first in the world to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if it proves successful, through an agreement between the Australian Government and UK-based drug company AstraZeneca. Under the deal, every single Australian will be able to receive the University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for free, should trials prove successful, safe and…