Iraqi national, 43-year-old Sayed Omeid was sentenced on 20 May 2015 to ten years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of six and a half years for his role as an organiser of two asylum seeker boats carrying a total of 555 passengers from Indonesia to Christmas Island in 2001. The case presented by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) demonstrated how Omeid had a central and integral role in the people smuggling enterprise.
Chief of Joint Operations welcomes Australia’s strong partnership with NATO
The Australian Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, has welcomed the continuing strength of Australia’s partnership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), including through the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) contribution to the NATO-led non-combat Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. During the NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting on 19 and 20 May, Australia’s Vice Admiral Johnston represented the Chief of the Defence Force at a Military Committee meeting on the Resolute Support Mission.
New scholarships for rural arts leaders
Aspiring arts leaders living in regional and rural Australia have been invited to apply for a new scholarship to further develop their leadership skills. Regional arts are vitally important in Australia and the Australian Government has reiterated commitment to ensuring that the next generation of rural arts leaders in Australia are supported to develop their skills for the benefit of the sector. The new scholarships for regional arts leaders complement the Australian Government’s support for regional arts through the Regional Arts Fund
Indigenous leaders seek to enable economic development on native title land
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have called on the Australian Government to work with them on pursuing economic development on native title land and commit resources to this process. Participants of the Indigenous Leaders Roundtable have determined that the Australian Human Rights Commission should lead and facilitate ongoing dialogue on these issues.