Indonesian Presidential Inauguration
I was honoured to attend the inauguration of President Widodo in Jakarta.
Our relations with Indonesia are very important. This relationship matters. It’s a strong relationship. The challenge is to make it stronger in the future than it has been in the past and I’m very confident that that can be the case under the new President.
A Message From the PM - President Joko Widodo Inauguration
Today I am going to Indonesia for the Inauguration of its new President – Joko Widodo.
The outgoing President, President Yudhoyono has been a great friend of Australia. He has been a friend to successive Australian Prime Ministers since John Howard.
President Jokowi now takes office with enormous goodwill – in his own country and in ours.
An action plan for Australia's future
The Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda is a central part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy for a safe, secure Australia.
Job creation, growth and competitiveness need constant attention.
Our Competitiveness Agenda is about ensuring that we make the most of our strengths in the months, years and decades ahead.
A Message from the PM - Our Plan to Keep Australia Safe
As Australians, we’re rightly reluctant to reach out to conflicts thousands of miles away but sadly these conflicts sometimes reach out to us.
The Government has a plan to keep Australia safe.
So Australia is supporting international operations against ISIL. It’s a decision the Government has made in Australia’s national interest.
Appointment of Australian Federal Police Commissioner
The Government will recommend to the Governor‑General that Mr Andrew Colvin APM OAM be appointed to the role of Australian Federal Police Commissioner.
Mr Colvin has the vision, commitment and energy required to lead Australia’s national policing agency, forge national and international strategic partnerships and build on the AFP’s already strong approach to complex crime and security issues.
We congratulate Mr Colvin on his appointment at a time when Australia faces some of its greatest national security challenges.
24 October 2014 |
A State Memorial Service will be held to honour the life and achievements of the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC. The Service will be held on Wednesday 5 November at 11.00am at the Sydney Town Hall to commemorate Mr Whitlam and his lifetime of service to our country: in the Royal Australian Air Force, as a parliamentarian, as Prime Minister, and as an ambassador. A condolence book is available to sign at Parliament House, Canberra, during business hours until 5 November 2014.
24 October 2014 |
It’s great to be here with you. I should report that I have recently been speaking with Stephen Harper just to let him know how the Australian Parliament stands in solidarity with the Canadian Parliament at this time.It was a shocking attack but it demonstrates that the threat to free peoples and free institutions is real and it is worldwide.I should also note that this is the 70th anniversary of our great Party and for seven decades our Party has promoted economic security and national security – these are the things we have stood for.
24 October 2014 |
We obviously expressed a degree of commiserations at the terror threat that both our countries are facing and, obviously, I had the chance to express my particular shock and horror at the events in the Canadian Parliament yesterday. I’ve known Stephen quite well now for several years. He made contact with me when I was Opposition Leader. Back in 2006 before he became Prime Minister I met with him in Canada when he was Opposition Leader not expected to win an election and I was Health Minister in the Howard Government. So, we go back a fair way and he’s done great things for Canada, but obviously, Canada and Canadians and their polity was on its mettle yesterday, but I think Stephen, as usual, has risen to the challenge of leadership.
23 October 2014 |
Madam Speaker, as we all know, overnight there has been an attack on the Canadian Parliament. A soldier has been killed and others have been wounded following the terrorist murder of a Canadian soldier the day before. Madam Speaker, apart from New Zealand, no country on earth is more akin to Australia than Canada. We are both multicultural federations with British institutions, they speak our language, and they share our heritage and our danger.