New FCA Board members were elected at the AGM

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 […]

FCA-DFAT Canberra Trip 29 Nov. 2017

FCA Canberra Trip Members of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Australia and South Pacific were hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, on Wednesday to find out more about the department and meet with key ministers. Twelve foreign correspondents writing for outlets from Germany, America, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, […]

FCA Anna Broinowski “Please Explain” Briefing

WHEN:   Monday 30 October, 2017 WHERE: North Sydney Harbourview Hotel LB’s Restaurant (Ground floor next to Hotel     front and Blues Bar) TIME:     Open 18:00 P.M / Start 18:30 p.m

Ningaloo Reef – nature’s playground

Text: Michaela Lauren Photographs: Thorsten Joses Blue sky, red earth and turquoise waters – it looked pretty much like a great location for a beachside holiday anywhere in regional Australia. But, this was a trip with a twist – the real beauty laid well concealed.  The mild, summery weather welcomed us as we landed on the airstrip at the RAAF Learmonth […]

Highlights from Global Infrastructure Hub CEO Chris Heathcote’s briefing

What is the GI Hub? We are a private sector entity, not for profit, with a board structure.  We are financed by grant funding, with the aim to help governments unlock private funding for public infrastructure. How do Public-Private Partnerships work? The strength behind a PPP is that you are creating investment certainty by putting […]

Ringside seat at the Barangaroo Reserve for the NYE fireworks

By Kaori Takahashi, Bureau Chief for Nikkei Inc On 31 December 2016, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority on behalf of the New South Wales government, welcomed around 12,000 people, including members of the FCA, at the sold-out New Year’s eve event at the Barangaroo reserve. FCA members had the best vantage point inside the headland park […]

Grand feast marks 2016 finale

Subel Bhandari: I don’t usually win prizes at events. Sydney seems to be doing me a favour. I was very happy to win a dinner for two at Zaffran Indian restaurant. My wife has just arrived in Sydney so we are planning to use the voucher soon. Sydney, in general, has developed an amazing taste […]

Q&A with Minister for International Development & the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Minister for International Development & the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells addressed about 15 FCA members at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices at 1 Bligh Street in Sydney on 29 September 2016. Here is a video recording of the briefing [© Hiroki Ijima].

Of Japanese Sushi, Vietnamese rolls and Indian besan laddoos

On a balmy spring Sunday, FCA members and their families enjoyed a feast of Japanese Sushi, Vietnamese rolls and Indian besan laddoos under the boughs of paperbark trees in the company of cockatoos, ibis, purple swamphens, pelicans and black swans in Centennial Park in Sydney.

FCA members quiz Foreign & Trade Ministers

Fifteen members, on the FCA-DFAT Canberra trip, had the opportunity to meet and discuss policy issues with Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Steven Ciobo, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment; Ray Marcelo, DFAT Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch; Andrew Goledzinowski, Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking; Lisa Rauter, DFAT First Assistant Secretary, […]

Why there’s nothing like Australia?

Our sponsor, Tourism Australia is the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting Australia internationally as a world-class destination for business and leisure. The organisation seeks to promote the country internationally through a broad range of targeted trade and consumer marketing activities – all underpinned by a consistent global campaign message: There’s nothing like Australia. Tourism Australia’s […]

Animated conversations usher festive cheer

By Caroline Taïx Many foreign correspondents are now freelance. Most of the time to be a freelance means working by yourself, quite isolated, in your home, in a café or in a library. Some people enjoy this lonely working lifestyle, some don’t, and yet others get used to it. But as Christmas approaches and friends […]