The Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Tanya Plibersek, and Senator Lisa Singh will travel to India next week.
Ms Plibersek and Senator Singh will meet with senior ministers, officials, academics, and non-government organisations.
“India is one of Australia’s closest international partners and friends. We cooperate on everything from education and research to defence and counter-terrorism,” she added.
“There are around 400,000 people of Indian ancestry living in Australia today who are significant contributors to our vibrant, successful multicultural society,” said Ms Plibersek, and added that Australian Labor has a proud history of friendship with India stretching back as far as the Chifley Government’s close engagement with a newly independent India. More recently, the Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments elevated the relationship to an official Strategic Partnership.
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Magazine in Australia)