Australia, Japan and Singapore welcome good progress in WTO electronic commerce negotiations

Media release 28 January 2020   Australia, Japan and Singapore hosted an informal meeting of Ministers on the World Trade Organization (WTO) electronic commerce negotiations in Davos, Switzerland, on 24 January 2020. The meeting discussed building up momentum in the negotiations into and beyond the Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) in June 2020. Ministers welcomed…

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Doorstop, Canberra

Transcript, E&OE Topics: Coronavirus impact on tourism, Bridget McKenzie. 28 January 2020   Journalist:  The Chinese government’s decision, and how could- long could that travel suspension be in place? Simon Birmingham:  Well our understanding is that China has determined to cancel tour groups coming out of China to all nations. Now that accounts – in Australia’s case…

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Interview on 5AA, Afternoons, with Tony Pilkington

Transcript, E&OE Topics: Tourism industry; Holiday Here This Year campaign; Bridget McKenzie. 23 January 2020   Tony Pilkington:          Well, there’s a $20 million national campaign calling on Aussies to holiday here this year because of the devastating fires we’ve had, and they’re saying the tourism industry is bracing for something like nearly a $4.5 to…

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Interview on 6PR, Mornings, with Gareth Parker

Transcript, E&OE Topics: International bushfire coverage; Tourism; Holiday Here This Year campaign. 23 January 2020   Gareth Parker:             The Federal Tourism Minister is Simon Birmingham. Simon, good morning. Simon Birmingham:     Hello Gareth. You’re doing my job for me there. Right on. Gareth Parker:             Well I think it’s important we back these communities isn’t it? Simon…

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Interview on ABC Radio Melbourne, Mornings, with Virginia Trioli

Transcript, E&OE Topics: Tourism Recovery Package; Climate Change; Australia’s emissions reductions targets. 20 January 2020   Virginia Trioli: Senator Simon Birmingham is the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and he joins me now to talk this through. Senator, good morning. Simon Birmingham: Good morning Virginia. Thanks for the opportunity. Virginia Trioli: Good to have you on board…

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Interview on Radio National, Breakfast, with Norman Swan

Transcript, E&OE Topics: Fire affected businesses assistance fund; Auditor’s report on sports grants; US-China trade deal. 20 January 2020   Norman Swan: As we’ve been reporting the Morrison Government is announcing cheap loans and cash grants to help small businesses hit by devastating bushfires across the country. It follows last week’s roundtable between the Prime Minister…

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