Welcome to the FCA

Welcome to the Foreign Correspondents’ Association (FCA) – Australia & South Pacific. Established in 1985 by a small group of journalists based in Sydney, the FCA has played a key role in helping correspondents perform their job effectively and keeping the rest of the world informed about the people and issues making news in the region. At a time when freedom of expression and independent journalism is often under threat, our members pride themselves on keeping the beacon of free speech alight and telling it how it is.

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October 3, 2018: DFAT and FCA discuss Australia’s Soft Power

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is currently leading a review of Australia’s soft power, which is a commitment of the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. This is the nation’s first ever review of this type, which seeks to generate new ideas and thinking on Australia’s soft power assets and partnerships, as well as policy options for maximising Australia’s reputation and prosperity in the future.

The Foreign Correspondents Association was invited to contribute to the discussions. The President Hiroki Iijima, the Vice-President Sandip Hor and the Treasurer Liz Lacerda represented the FCA in the meeting. The Government has extended the consultation period and invites interested parties to provide a written submission by Friday 12 October 2018. Email your submission to softpowerreview@dfat.gov.au


September 25, 2018: FCA Briefing with NSW Minister for Primary Industries at NSW Parliament House
The Minister for Primary Industries of New South Wales, Niall Blair, told Foreign Correspondents that Australia is working in partnership with other countries to research and implement initiatives in order to avoid or minimise the impact of drought on farms and food production. Blair also commented on the State and Federal governments long-term plan to assist farmers to build infrastructure and to support them during hard times. The governmental initiatives to help farmers include The Farm Innovation Fund and the Farm Household Allowance.

 


September 25, 2018: Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams meet Foreign Correspondents at NSW Parliament House
“The New South Wales Government is working to ensure that all culturally and linguistically diverse consumers and traders know their rights and responsibilities in the State’s dynamic marketplace” says the Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams. The Minister met Foreign Correspondents, including members of the FCA, at the NSW Parliament House. During the Press Conference, he said that multicultural communities represent some of the most vulnerable consumers, as well as some of the hardest working business owners. “We want our diverse community to understand NSW consumer protection laws”, he said.

September 24, 2018: President and Vice-President of the FCA meet the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) in Sydney
The President of the FCA, Hiroki Iijima, and the Vice-President, Sandip Hor, met JNTO Sydney Office Executive Director, Kana Wakabayashi, to discuss a potential partnership between the Japanese Tourism Organisation and the Foreign Correspondents Association in Australia. Iijima and Hor took the opportunity to congratulate JNTO for winning the “Destination Award” at Luxperience 2018, one of the leading luxury travel trade shows in Australasia and the Asia Pacific. The award recognises the outstanding achievements of regional, state and national tourism offices in promoting luxury travel to their destinations.

FCA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) elected the Board for 2018 – 2019 on Monday, Aug 5, in DFAT Sydney Conference Room. The popular Japanese TBS television correspondent Hiroki Iijima was re-elected as President, with Vice- President Sandip Hor, Treasurer Liz Lacerda, Honorary Secretary Wolfgang Mueller, Mimi Chau, Thorsten Joses and Philip Engelberts, plus Laurence Arthur (in Melbourne) and Rob Taylor (in Canberra). Great lunch after the meeting at Bar Cupola with 20 other FCA members.

 

 


June 28, 2018: “The Tourism Opportunity for Australia: 2020 and Beyond”

The Managing Director of Tourism Australia, John O’Sullivan, briefed FCA members on the strategy to build the competitiveness of Australia’s tourism industry and grow its economic contribution. “Tourism 2020” focuses on improving the industry’s performance and competitiveness by pursuing new opportunities for growth.

The “Tourism 2020” goal is to achieve between $115 billion and $140 billion annually – in overnight spend – by 2020. The total overnight visitor spending has already reached a record $107.4 billion for the year ending March 2018. “Tourism 2020” is an initiative of Tourism Australia, the Australian tourism industry and federal, state and territory governments in an effort to maximise tourism’s economic contribution to the Australian people. Read more about the Tourism 2020 strategy.

Audio file is available for FCA members. 


May 28, 2018: “US Foreign Policy in Asia and Nuclear-free Korean Peninsula”

Research Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre, Brendan Thomas-Noone, briefed FCA members on North Korea’s nuclear program and the regional foreign policy role of the US administration, as well as Australia’s responsibilities in supporting a stable and resilient Indo-Pacific.

He said that Australia’s strategy includes the need to provide infrastructure, economic growth, governance support and security assistance to help Pacific and south-east Asian nations cope with Chinese influence.


May 25, 2018:  VIVID SYDNEY 2018 Media Launch. 

FCA members were invited to the “Lightning of the Sails”, which marked the “lights on” beginning of Vivid Sydney 2018 at the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. Invited by Destination NSW, foreign correspondents celebrated the 10th anniversary of the biggest festival of light, music and ideas in the world.

During 23 days and nights of visual creativity, Vivid 2018 had nine live precincts across Sydney, including Luna Park for the first time, a free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a contemporary music program.


March 9, 2018: Video link to the last FCA briefing with the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Tilman Ruff, filmed and edited by Thorsten Joses .

In 2007, Melbourne-based Tilman Ruff, 62, co-founded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Ten years later, the organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In a press briefing for the FCA in Sydney, Dr. Tilman Ruff explained how the “visionary work” has brought the world much closer to a nuclear-free world. On July 7 last year, the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty – the first legally binding international agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons – was adopted by 122 countries.


EVENTS

We have a busy calendar of newsworthy and social events. FCA regularly invites experts in the field of politics, business, academics, Indigenous affairs and civil society from around Australia and beyond as guest speakers. We also host social get-togethers and dinners, which offer a great opportunity for members, their families and friends to network.

FCA Christmas Party 2017

As Foreign Correspondents, covering the news with a reporter’s quest for accuracy and eye for detail is what we do best. This section contains articles on FCA’s activities: media briefings, trip reports and social events. It also features the `story’ behind the story and delves into the finer points of how a particular happening is reported differently in world media.
Press Conference for Foreign Correspondents with former Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018, Julie Bishop, in Canberra

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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