Countries more corrupt in 2017, corruption watchdog reports

Countries more corrupt in 2017, corruption watchdog reports

The latest Corruption Perceptions Index shows a decline in the performance of a number of countries in the perceived level of public sector corruption, a global survey noted.
Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 Image: Transparency International
Whilst New Zealand and Denmark remain highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively, their scores were down from a […]

Tony Burke: Citizenship bill changes most direct attack to multicultural Australia since abolition of White Australia Policy

Tony Burke: Citizenship bill changes most direct attack to multicultural Australia since abolition of White Australia Policy

Ed’s Notes: Yesterday morning Oct 9, The Hon Tony Burke MP delivered a speech about multicultural Australia and how it must be celebrated rather than attacked. Following was his keynote address at the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) Conference 2017 at the Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT. (To watch it, you can […]

Thank you letter from Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis

Thank you letter from Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis

By Romy Cayabyab
It has been a month since Philippine Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis left for Manila’s Foreign Affairs Department head office for her new assignment after a record of six years and four months in her role as Sydney’s 17th Consul General.
Congen Anne with TFA editor Romy Cayabyab during 2016 Kalayaan Day in […]

Sydney marks International Day of Peace with Filipino int’l economist Sicat

Sydney marks International Day of Peace with Filipino int’l economist Sicat

By Julieta Legaspi
Countries around the world celebrated International Day of Peace established by the United Nations to create and build up a culture of peace across countries.
Dr Sicat delivers keynote address at International Day of Peace in Sydney, 21 Sept 2017
This year’s event was celebrated on 21 September with the theme “Together for Peace, Respect, […]

2016 – A big year for Fil-Aussies in NSW local politics

2016 – A big year for Fil-Aussies in NSW local politics

Last weekend’s New South Wales local election should be a source of pride for the Filipino Australian community, at least in New South Wales.
A familiar scene in last Saturday’s local election [TFA]
Based on the latest NSW Electoral Commission tally, Labor candidate and Filipino-Australian community leader Rey Manoto is one of seven Labor candidates who won […]

PH readying for hearings on arbitration case over West Philippine Sea

PH readying for hearings on arbitration case over West Philippine Sea

The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney on Tuesday emailed the Filipino community media transmitting the official press release of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on its findings that it will now proceed in hearing the Philippines’ case against China concerning the West Philippine Sea on its merits.
The eight-page press release is in two parts. […]

Fire guts historical building of Philippines’ oldest high school

Fire guts historical building of Philippines’ oldest high school

News that the main building of the Tarlac National High School in Tarlac City, Philippines was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, October 28, is a shock to many of its graduates, TFA publisher Romy Cayabyab included.
The school, previously known as Tarlac Provincial High School and Tarlac High School, is the oldest public high school in […]

Philippine FOI bill may be dead, but the fight continues

Philippine FOI bill may be dead, but the fight continues

Hopeful that under the the administration of President Benigno Aquino III – who assured the people in 2010 for the passage of FOI as part of his campaign for transparency and accountability, the Philippines would finally have its FOI, members of the R2KRN (Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition) kept their fight for the bill’s […]

Australia’s new APEC ambassador to work on market integration, free trade

Australia’s new APEC ambassador to work on market integration, free trade

Australia’s new Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Brendan Berne will work with Australia’s regional partners, including the Philippines as 2015 APEC host, to advance APEC’s structural reform agenda and improve investment and financial market integration.
New APEC Ambassador Brendan Berne [Photo: DFAT]
In a media release announcing the appointment of Mr Berne, the Department of Foreign […]

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