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LÄNDERBERICHT #1, 2022

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Australien und Pazifik

“Thunder in Down Under”: Ein “Wirbelsturm” fegt durch die australische Parteienlandschaft und sorgt für eine erwartbare Niederlage von PM Morrison und der Liberal Party
Die am Samstag, 21. Mai 2022, abgehaltenen nationalen Parlaments- und (Teil-) Senatswahlen in Australien haben zur Niederlage der seit 2013 an der Macht befindlichen liberal-nationalen Koalitionsregierung, – seit 2018 unter Premierminister Scott Morrison – geführt. Die sozialdemokratische Labor-Partei unter Anthony Albanese erreichte – historisch schwache – 32,6 Prozent Stimmenanteil, führt jedoch mit 77 Sitzen laut der noch immer andauernden offiziellen Auszählung der australischen Wahlkommission. Für eine absolute Mehrheit sind 76 Sitze erforderlich. Die abgewählte Koalition kommt aktuell auf lediglich 58 Sitze im Unterhaus und einen prozentualen Stimmenanteil von 35,85 Prozent. Mit einem Zugewinn von 1,5 Prozent, über zwölf Prozent Stimmenanteil und vier Mandaten schnitten die australischen Grünen stark ab. Die größte Überraschung war allerdings der Erfolg der unabhängigen „Teal“-Kandidaten, die mit zehn Kandidaten ins Unterhaus einziehen.

Da nur 40 der 76 Sitze im Senat zur Wahl standen, wird die Labor Partei voraussichtlich keine Mehrheit im Oberhaus erreichen – ein recht übliches Ergebnis in der australischen Politik – und muss mit den Senatoren der Grünen oder der Koalition über eine Mehrheitsfindung verhandeln. Das schwache Abschneiden der beiden Haupt-Parteien auf der einen, und das Erstarken von Grünen und Unabhängigen auf der anderen Seite, bedeutet eine signifikante Verschiebung der politischen Landschaft und lässt die Frage nach der „Zukunftsfestigkeit“ des altangestammten Zwei-Parteien-Systems in Australien aufkommen.

Online lesen: https://www.kas.de/de/web/australien/laenderberichte/detail/-/content/parlamentswahlen-in-australien-2022

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AFL Germany Crowdfunding for Euro Cup 2022

Crowdfunding link: https://www.fairplaid.org/germaneagles

AFL Germany was founded in 1999 by two clubs the Frankfurt Redbacks and Munich Kangaroos. Over the upcoming years 5 more teams in five other german cities (Dresden, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart and Cologne) joined the competition. In 2021 two more teams joined the competition from Heidelberg and Kiel. Until today the AFL Germany consists of 9 teams from around germany fighting against each other for the german championship title.

Since 2022 the AFL Germany league is being overseen and managed by the Deutscher Australian Football Verband e.V. The DAFV is the association overlooking the league operations and both national teams the German Eagles. Since february 2022 the german eagles have received the honor to wear the german eagle the federal coat of arms on their new team wear from our Outfitter Uhlsport. The german eagles are the national team who represent the DAFV and the german australian football on international level.

The Euro Cup in Australian Football will take place in June 2022. The venue is Edinburgh, Scotland. Both the men’s and women’s national teams have qualified for the Euro Cup. Under the name “German Eagles”, our two teams will represent Germany and, of course, give their all to bring home the European Championship title. To achieve this, we intend to arrive with a squad of 16 players plus 3 coaches per team that is as strong as possible, but above all as complete as possible. An international tournament with 40 players is always a financially costly undertaking. As a non-Olympic fringe sport, we unfortunately do not receive any state funding. Therefore, we depend on your support! Support us now – every contribution counts!

We intend to use the proceeds to cover part of the team costs for equipment as well as on site (accommodation, food, transport, tournament fees). In this way, financially weaker performers in our squad can concentrate fully on preparing for the Euro Cup. The booster club of Australian Rules Football in Deutschland e.V. is recognised as a non-profit organisation and can issue donation receipts. Every supporter who makes a free donation without a premium in return can receive a donation receipt if required. In this way we are also looking for further shirt sponsors and long-term partners who would like to cooperate with our association and promote both Australian Football in general and our national teams in particular!

Please feel free to contact us: foerdern@aflg.de !

The successful qualification is the reward of a continuous success story of Australian Football in Germany. Consequently, the German Eagles have enjoyed a number of successes in recent years. The German Eagles men finished runners-up in Season 2 in their first World Cup appearance in 2017. In addition, our men won the bronze medal in the “9-aside” format (9 field players per team) at the 2017 and 2019 Euro Cups. The German Eagles ladies have also been making international appearances since the inception of the women’s league in 2018. Already at the Euro Cup 2019, the ladies were able to win a bronze medal. Our ladies’ greatest success to date was the European Championship runner-up in the “18-aside” format in London in 2019.

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University of Technology Sydney (UTS) meets the Business Council, Berlin 2022

We are happy to announce that UTS is a member of the German Australian Business Council.

From left to right: Simone Wienhausen (Business Council Board Member), Ian Watt (DVCI), Innes Ireland (Deputy Director), Professor Andrew Parfitt (Vice-Chancellor & President) and Professor Iwone Miliszewska (Associate Dean Global Networks). We had a fruitful discussion about opportunities in industry and UTS relations in Germany. The focus was on impact in both fields. The German Australian Business Council provides not only a network and interesting topics in Germany but also on a European basis.

Simone Wienhausen

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Business Council Chair attends ABIE Italy Committee lunch

Business Council Chair, Sabine Pittrof, attended the Easter Monday, 18 April 2022 lunch of the steering committee for a new ABIE Italy chapter. Against the backdrop of committee member Nina Fiorenza’s beautiful 16th century Veneto Villa in the vinyards of Veneto region in Northern Italy, committee members discussed options for the formation of a new ABIE organisation in Italy. Committee members were joined by Australian Consul-General, Naila Mazzucco, Milan. The German Australian Business Council wishes the committee members every success in their venture and looks forward to the group joining the ABIE network. Many thanks to Nina and her husband for their wonderful hospitality!

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‘Young Frankenstein’ Deutsches Theater München, 19-30 April, Munich

From April 19 to 30, 2022, the Deutsches Theater will present a new version of Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein, based on his 1974 film of the same name.

All info about the musical as well as a trailer can be found here: https://www.deutsches-theater.de/en/young-frankenstein-2022

For German Australian Business Council members, the Deutsches Theater offers tickets for the performances of Young Frankenstein at a special price with a 30% discount.

The tickets can be booked under the following link: https://tickets.deutsches-theater.de/?actioncode=MING30#event-19777

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JOB VACANCY: TRADE & INVESTMENT QUEENSLAND – DIRECTOR, RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS, FRANKFURT

TIQ is recruiting a Director, Research Partnerships based in Frankfurt, Germany.

Reporting to the Agent-General and Queensland Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner – Europe, you will be responsible for identifying, promoting, supporting and facilitating Queensland organisations to seek trade and investment opportunities within the key priority sectors, focusing predominately on international education, training and research.

You will also be required to amplify, build and support Queensland education and training provides, leaders and their global partners in corporate research and development centres around the world and leverage funding opportunities.

Applications close 13 March. The application link can be found here: Director, Research Partnerships – Frankfurt am Main – Indeed.com

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ABIE Network contributes border control submission to Australian leaders

The ABIE network, also on behalf of the German Australian Business Council, contributed a submission regarding the ‘Australian National and State Border Controls related to COVID 19 and the Way Forward’. The submission was sent to the following:

  • Prime Minister and Opposition Leader of Australia
  • Foreign Minister and Shadow Foreign Minister of Australia
  • Australian Department of Home Affairs
  • Trade Minister and Shadow Trade Minister
  • Premiers of States and Chief Ministers of Territories, plus Opposition Leaders

To read the submission, please click on the following link: ABIE Australia Border Control Submission – November 2021 – GERMAN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS COUNCIL (gabc.eu)

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Länderbericht #1, 2021

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Australien und Pazifik

Die gemeinsame Erklärung Australiens, der Vereinigten Staaten und Großbritanniens zur gemeinsamen Einrichtung des AUKUS-Sicherheitsabkommens sorgte Mitte September 2021 sowohl in den Medien als auch in der internationalen Politik für starkes Aufsehen. Nicht zuletzt aufgrund der damit verbundenen Kündigung des 2016 verabschiedeten australisch-französischen U-Boot-Abkommens zum vertraglich spätest möglichen Zeitpunkt. Australiens Beweggründe für den AUKUS-Beitritt und die Inkaufnahme einer potentiellen Verärgerung Frankreichs lassen sich mit einem Blick auf Australiens jüngste außen- und sicherheitspolitische Interessen erklären.

(Stand 29. Oktober 2021).

Wir hoffen, der Bericht über “Australien, AUKUS und die Auswirkungen der Kündigung des australisch-französischen U-Boot Projektes” findet Ihr Interesse!

Online lesen: a801c660-606a-e136-eda9-56c7ce2825c5 (kas.de)

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PERISCOPE – Occasional Analysis Paper: The Era of Hydrogen Economies

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Australia & the Pacific

Publication

KAS Australia is pleased to present its latest Periscope edition entitled “The Era of Hydrogen Economies: Shared Interests by Australia, Germany and Japan”.

Published in support of the first virtual seminar of the 2021 KAS-EUCERS Energy Trialogue between Australia, Germany and Japan, the publication features analyses by Associate Professor Llewelyn Hughes, Professor Frank Jotzo and Dr Thomas Longden from the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy (CCEP) at the Australian National University, Professor Friedbert Pflueger from the European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at the University of Bonn/Germany and Professor Masakazu Sugiyama from the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo/Japan.

To read online or download: Volume 6 / 2021 • Periscope (periscopekasaustralia.com.au)

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Job vacancies: Austrade – Investment Managers, Berlin & Frankfurt

Austrade is looking for two new Investment Team members, for Berlin or Frankfurt, and we have advertised the roles today. Austrade – Investment Manager, Berlin & Frankfurt

Investment Manager (Frankfurt or Berlin)

The Australian Trade & Investment Commission – Austrade – is Australia’s leading trade and investment agency. We help attract game-changing investment to Australia, to support new industries, enhance existing ones, bolster our world-class research & development and strengthen global supply chains, creating jobs and boosting the Australian economy.

We are seeking two Investment Managers to join our Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction team located either at the Australian Embassy in Berlin or Australian Consulate-General in Frankfurt.

An Investment Manager’s key mission is to win FDI to Australia through creating awareness of Australia’s attractiveness as an investment destination, generating leads and projects with target companies and supporting companies to realise their investments in Australia. These positions offer an exciting opportunity for motivated, client-focussed professionals with business development experience. The roles will cover the German, Austrian and Swiss (DACH) markets. To achieve this, the positions require team players with a ‘hands-on’ proactive, creative, flexible and energetic approach to work.

  • Minimum Bachelor Level relevant tertiary qualification (for example but not limited to International Business/Economics/Marketing or Industry-related disciplines).
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in an investment attraction, business development, business consulting or a similar role.
  • Work Authorisation – to be eligible for employment with Austrade in Germany, candidates must be legally authorised to live and work in Germany at the time of appointment.
  • Language – the successful candidate must be a highly motivated team member, fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in written and spoken German is highly desired.

More detailed information on the role, eligibility and selection process is available online: Austrade – Investment Manager, Berlin & Frankfurt Applications close Sunday 3 October