A Message from the Prime Minister - Anzac Day
This week marks the centenary of the Australian landing at Anzac Cove.
On that day, some 750 were killed.
Nearly 9,000 would lose their lives at Gallipoli before the evacuation eight months later. Over 61,000 would lose their lives during the Great War.
No jab - no play and no pay for child care
The Commonwealth Government will end the conscientious objector exemption on children’s vaccination for access to taxpayer funded Child Care Benefits, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement from 1 January 2016.
Richie Benaud OBE
Today, Australia has lost an icon.
Richie Benaud OBE was part of all our lives.
To most Australians Richie Benaud was cricket. He personified its traditions and its values.
While many Australians only know Richard Benaud as the voice of cricket, we should not forget that in his day he was a cricketer with few equals. It was why he was so insightful as a commentator.
Australia to contribute to the Building Partner Capacity mission in Iraq
The Government has confirmed that Australia will commit a military force to the international Building Partner Capacity (BPC) training mission in Iraq.
The force will involve about 300 ADF personnel, drawn largely from the Army’s 7th Brigade, based in Brisbane. They will work as part of a combined Task Group alongside about 100 personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force.
The mission of the Australian and New Zealand trainers will be to help the Iraqi Government to prepare sufficient forces to maintain the momentum of the counter-attack against ISIL, or Daesh, and regain control of its territory.
Tropical Cyclone Marcia
Today the Commonwealth Government has announced additional assistance to the communities of Queensland suffering the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
The Disaster Recovery Allowance is now available to eligible employees, primary producers and sole traders in the Fitzroy and Wide Bay-Burnett districts.
21 April 2015 |
Look, extraordinary – absolutely extraordinary. It’s no wonder that World War One cast a pall over Australia for a generation, because the scale of the sacrifice is almost unimaginable. We had a population of scarcely four million people, more than 400,000 volunteered to serve, 330,000 went overseas, 160,000 were wounded, 61,000 died and of course of those who came back many bore the scars, seen and unseen, for the rest of their days.
21 April 2015 |
Today I will travel to Turkey for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. I will be joined in Turkey by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key – a testament to the enduring bond between our two countries. Prime Minister Key and I will join the Turkish commemorations of the Gallipoli campaign. On Anzac Day in Gallipoli, we will remember the sacrifice of the men who fought and died there.
20 April 2015 |
Well, John, thank you so much. It is a thrill to be back in New Zealand and it is a real honour to be able to open officially the Australian War Memorial here in New Zealand. As we are so conscious right now, our history goes back a long way. It obviously is a remarkable thing to look back one hundred years to that terrible baptism of fire that our two countries had on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915.
20 April 2015 |
Last November, I stood with Prime Minister Key at Albany in Western Australia. We remembered then the convoy of Australians and New Zealanders that had sailed together in 1914, bound for war. It was said that when our countrymen met: “the cheering and the counter-cheering, the Maori war cries and the answering coo-ees would have moved a stoic”. Six months later, on the beaches and ridges of Gallipoli, the original Anzacs were immortalised as brothers-in-arms.