Australian Ministers visit France
From 6-8 December, Senator the Hon. George Brandis, Attorney-General of Australia, and Leader of the Government in the Senate, travelled to Paris for important discussions on national security and counter-terrorism.
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Senator Brandis met French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Secretary-General of Defence and National Security, Mr Louis Gautier. Together they finalised and signed a treaty between the two countries to further strengthen the security arrangements protecting classified information.
The Senator also met French Minister for Families, Children and Women’s rights, Ms Laurence Rossignol, for a detailed discussion on how France is assessing and handling families of foreign fighters, and contemporary approaches to family law reform.
Prior to his visit Senator Brandis declared "Australians stood with France after the attacks in January and November 2015 and again this year after the tragic events in Nice. While in Paris, I will meet with a range of experts including those working on counter-radicalisation and counter-terrorism. We will share our experiences and approaches in combatting terrorism as we continue to do everything possible to keep our countries safe."
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On 7 December, Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, participated to the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris.
Launched in 2011, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative which currently brings together 70 participating countries, NGOs and representatives from civil society in collegial governance.
Minister Cormann represented the Australian Government which has finalised Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan, setting targets to further improve transparency, accountability and open data.
About this plan, Minister Cormann declared "This is an international initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Minister Cormann also met his counterpart, Mr Michel Sapin, French Minister for Finances.
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