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The Coalition's policy for a safe and prosperous Australia

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JUN 23 2016

The Coalition's Policy for a Safe and Prosperous Australia

Today I announce the Turnbull Government’s foreign policy agenda, The

Coalition’s Policy for a Safe and Prosperous Australia.

A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Team will continue to strengthen Australia’s

international engagement, protect our national security and enhance the

prosperity of the Australian people.

We have committed to investing $58 million over four years to expand our

diplomatic presence overseas. This will increase our capacity to assist

Australians travelling overseas and boost our national security, and will further

open global markets to Australian businesses and provide greater opportunities

for trade and investment in Australia.

The Coalition will also establish the Global Watch Office, an around the clock

crisis response facility. Worth $8 million over four years, the Global Watch Office

will provide accurate and timely advice, allowing the Australian government to

respond more rapidly to emergencies including natural disasters, conflict,

pandemics, security incidents and accidents, as they unfold.

We will provide $100 million over five years to establish a Regional Health

Security Partnership Fund which will utilise our world leading research

institutions, scientific expertise, innovators and entrepreneurs to address health

priorities in our region. Through partnerships with academia, medical institutions

and the private sector, we will work to tackle health security challenges and

improve health outcomes in our part of the world.

Over five years the Coalition will invest $5.4 million to support a Pacific Women

Mentoring Programme, connecting female leaders in Australia with emerging

leaders in our region across both the public and private sectors. Empowering

women is crucial to maintaining peace and stability and will also enhance our

strong people-to-people links.

Within twelve months of the election, we will develop a contemporary and

comprehensive foreign policy strategy for the 21 century. This will build on the

Coalition’s achievements since 2013 and focus on the challenges and

opportunities that lie ahead.

The Coalition has strengthened relations with key partners through economic

and public diplomacy efforts; delivered an innovative and more effective aid

programme; ensured our national security; and overseen the single largest

expansion of our diplomatic network in 40 years.

Only a re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government can be trusted to manage

Australia’s international relationships, safeguard our reputation as a reliable

trading partner, and ensure our status as a strong, prosperous and safe country.

The Coalition’s foreign policy will place no additional costs on the Budget.

Click here to view the Coalition's Policy for a Safe and Prosperous Australia.