Ministerial Statement on Infrastructure, Parliament House
At the last election, the Coalition promised to scrap the carbon tax, to stop the boats, to get the Budget under control and to build the roads of the 21st century.
We are honouring all of these commitments – but my task today is to report on one of them, our infrastructure agenda.
I said that I hope to be the Infrastructure Prime Minister – and that part of that was delivering an annual infrastructure statement to the House of Representatives.
Australia to Welcome World Leaders
The leaders of five of Australia’s key partners – President François Hollande of France, President Xi Jinping of China, Federal Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India – will visit Australia as guests of the Australian Government, coinciding with the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane on 15 and 16 November.
Morning Tea in Honour of AFP and ADF Personnel
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a real honour for me to have so many members of our Australian Defence Force, our Australian Federal Police, our colleagues from overseas, our colleagues from interstate here in Parliament House this morning. And most of all, to have their families – your families – with us today.
A Message from the PM - Delivering More to Make Your Life Easier
The Government is implementing an Economic Action Strategy to build a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.
The Government is delivering – scrapping bad taxes, cutting red tape, stopping the boats and building the infrastructure of the 21st century.
This is just the start and every day we are delivering more – to make your life easier and our economy stronger.
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.
01 November 2014 |
It’s terrific to be here with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand, my ANZAC brother, as we prepare to travel to Albany for the centenary of the departure of the ANZAC convoy for Egypt and ultimately for Gallipoli. One hundred years ago tomorrow four war ships, 32 transports, left Albany with 20,000 Australian and 8,000 New Zealand soldiers bound for Gallipoli. It was a heavy day in our history and it led to even heavier times to come but it established a great bond, a great partnership which has endured for a century and will last forever.
31 October 2014 |
It’s not the correct conclusion because we had a letter which has been made public for some weeks from Commissioner Dyson Heydon about the criminal conduct, including widespread instances of physical and verbal violence, cartel conduct, secondary boycotts, contempt of court et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. The Royal Commissioner indicated that in his view there needed to be some kind of a police taskforce to deal with this and of course we have the Victorian Assistant Commissioner, Stephen Fontana, tell the Royal Commission, “Victoria Police intelligence indicates criminal activity is undertaken by trade union officials directly and by organised crime figures on behalf of trade union officials.” We’ve even had Bill Shorten himself earlier in the year say, and I quote, “The Abbott Government must form a high-powered joint police taskforce to investigate allegations of corruption in the building industry”.
31 October 2014 |
It’s good to be here with Premier Denis Napthine, it’s good to be here in Melbourne, for this important announcement which very much impacts on the long term future of the Victorian and the national economy. As many of you would know, the Heydon Royal Commission into union corruption has been investigating allegations – widespread allegations – of slush funds, of rorts, of illegalities in the union movement.
31 October 2014 |
The Victorian Government will be the first state to join the Commonwealth Government’s Joint Police Taskforce into Industrial Criminality and Corruption. The Joint Police Taskforce will investigate evidence of criminal conduct uncovered by the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption and will be supporting the continuing work of the Royal Commission.