In 1987 a major re-structuring took place in the Australian Government Departments. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was established at this time, taking the place of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Trade.
'The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is responsible for protecting and advancing Australia's national interests by contributing to international security, national economic and trade performance and global cooperation; maintaining consular and passport services to Australian citizens; projecting a positive and accurate image of Australia internationally; and enhancing public understanding of Australia's foreign and trade policy.' from http://www.dfat.gov.au/dept/index.html (28/11/00).
This records my searches for the earliest instances in newspapers of a number of apparently Australian terms. The order is alphabetical by term and then by year, with the year of use appearing in eac...
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954)Saturday 21 December 1935 p 8 Article
... FOREIGNAFFAIRS An Australian Department' It is a curious reflection of Austrat lian parochialism ... sale of gold-Aus-tralia's chief assets in thc sphere ot furcign trade-depend for their mar. leets upon ...
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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)Saturday 6 February 1937 p 16 Article
... FOREIGNAFFAIRS. The appointment of Colonel C. E. Hughes to Cairo as Australian Trade Commissioner ... Foreign Office. Indeed, the Minister for External Affairs late last year extolled the value of the Lon ...
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Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954)Monday 1 August 1927 p 4 Article
... The following summary offoreign alMrs has been compiled by the Prime Minister's Department and ... / decline of/British trade in China, and an extreme slackening; ..of. tho j i bonds between Australia and ...
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