27 Nov 2013

Suu Kyi in Australia

10:58 am on 27 November 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting Australia for five days to encourage global interest in further democratic reform in Myanmar.

The Nobel Peace laureate will visit Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney and is expected to make several speeches. The first will be at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday afternoon.

"I am delighted to be able to welcome her to Australia," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. "Australia supports the political and economic reforms the Myanmar government has underway.''

Ms Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest before she was freed in 2010, will receive an honorary doctorate from The Australian National University on Friday.

The ABC reports Australian aid to Myanmar is listed as $A82.8 million this year, which is scheduled to increase to $A100 million by 2015/16. However, the Australian aid budget is under review.