Amanda Gorely
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Blood compact
by Amanda Gorely - December 15, 2018 - 12:00am
As my time in the Philippines concludes, it is time to reflect on my three years as Ambassador.
A partnership built on shared values
by Amanda Gorely - November 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Three weeks ago, I visited Leyte for the commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf landings.
Celebrating indigenous communities
by Amanda Gorely - October 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Australia and the Philippines both have vibrant Indigenous cultures that form a vital part of our national identities.
Partners in peace
by Amanda Gorely - September 21, 2018 - 12:00am
Today is the International Day of Peace, a day for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace.
Importance of the rules-based international system
by Amanda Gorely - August 16, 2018 - 12:00am
Like all countries, the Philippines, Australia and the UK benefit from an international system founded on strong and credible rules.
Pride matters
by Amanda Gorely - July 28, 2018 - 12:00am
During my first year as Ambassador to the Philippines, I joined the Metro Manila Pride March with Embassy colleagues.
Sports bring people together
by Amanda Gorely - June 28, 2018 - 12:00am
This has been a month of great sporting events for both Australia and the Philippines.
Celebrating Philippine-Australia Friendship Day
by Amanda Gorely - May 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Two days ago, on 22 May, Australia and the Philippines celebrated our second ever official friendship day.
Advancing security and prosperity in ASEAN
by Amanda Gorely - April 19, 2018 - 12:00am
It was great to be back in Sydney recently for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit – the first time Australia has hosted ASEAN leaders in Australia.
We must always press for the progress of women and girls
by Amanda Gorely - March 8, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week I sat down with women of my own age group in Zamboanga City to hear their experiences of the Zamboanga siege in 2013, which displaced them from their homes and threw their lives into turmoil.
Christmas in Australia more festive, thanks to Filipinos
by Amanda Gorely - December 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
No place on earth celebrates Christmas like the Philippines.
Why women’s economic empowerment in ASEAN benefits us all
by Amanda Gorely - August 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
Across ASEAN countries, fewer women than men are in paid employment.
Fellow travellers
by Amanda Gorely - June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
As Ambassador, one of my highest priorities is to safeguard the interests of Australian citizens in the Philippines. The Australian Government travel advisory for the Philippines provides generic advice to Australian...
Australia Philippines mateship
by Amanda Gorely - May 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
On 22 May, we mark the very first Philippines Australia Friendship Day, proclaimed by Presidential decree in 2016, to mark the 70th anniversary of our formal bilateral relationship.
New life after drugs
by Amanda Gorely - April 19, 2017 - 12:00am
Easter is a time for rebirth and redemption – concepts I have had cause to ponder over the Holy Week.
My Australia Day tribute to Filipino Australians
by Amanda Gorely - January 26, 2017 - 12:00am
Filipinos love meat and Australia is the largest exporter of red meat to the Philippines. Beef is one of our top five exports and sheepmeat exports grew nearly 30 percent in 2016. Aussies too are partial to throwing...
The importance of ASEAN at 50
by Amanda Gorely - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am
The Philippines has a momentous year ahead in 2017 hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), during ASEAN’s 50th anniversary year. 
The art of alliances
by Amanda Gorely - October 14, 2016 - 12:00am
The Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and the Australia New Zealand United States Security Treaty (ANZUS) were signed two days apart in 1951 on opposite sides of the US.
The foreign investment equation
by Amanda Gorely - October 4, 2016 - 12:00am
Foreign investment in land and resources incites strong emotions in Australia and the Philippines. Both countries welcome foreign investment, but with the important caveat that it should be in the national inte...
Top End ties
by Amanda Gorely - August 30, 2016 - 12:00am
One of the things I love about being a diplomat is that I get to live in other countries and gain a deeper understanding than is possible through fleeting visits. However, a diplomat also has to know their own country...
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