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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
  • Condolence book in support and sympathy of those tragically killed on flight MH17

    Condolence book in support and sympathy of those tragically killed on flight MH17

    Today, the Governor-General, the Presiding Officers of the Parliament, members of the Cabinet, representatives of the Federal Opposition, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and members of the public signed the Commonwealth of Australia Condolence Book in support and sympathy to the families of those tragically killed on Flight MH17.

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight Tragedy

    Australians mourn the loss of Flight MH17.

    There were 298 people on this aircraft - and their deaths offend our sense of justice.

    We grieve for all, but particularly for the 37 men, women and children who called Australia home.

  • A Message from the PM - Boosting Economic Growth

    Later this year, Brisbane will host the leaders of the world's biggest economies at the G20 summit.

    This year's summit will focus on boosting economic growth - because stronger economic growth is the key to addressing almost every global problem.

    My message to them is that Australia is open for business. Together, we can foster growth and we can and will create more jobs.

  • Deepening economic and defence ties with Japan

    Today, Japanese Prime Minister Abe and I signed an historic free trade agreement between Japan and Australia.

    The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) was finalised during my visit to Japan earlier this year and today’s signing brings us another step closer to realisation of the benefits of the Agreement for Australian and Japanese consumers, families and businesses.

  • A Message from the PM - Boosting Jobs and Helping Families

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit our country. During his visit, we will sign the historic Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan. Japan is Australia’s second biggest trading partner – with almost $70 billion in two-way trade every year.

    Lowering the tax burden and opening up Australia to more trade are part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.


  • 24 July 2014 | Media release
    The first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health was held in Canberra today. Chaired by retired Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane AO, CSC, RAN (Ret’d) the 11 Council members bring a broad range of views and experience to the table. Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG will serve as Deputy Chair. The Council will meet twice a year and will assist the Government in improving understanding of the unique nature of military service and its impact on mental health.
  • 24 July 2014 | Transcript
    I can report that Operation Bring Them Home is now in full swing. Yesterday, as you would know, the first aircraft arrived from Ukraine to the Netherlands. It was a very dignified and solemn reception ceremony that the Netherlands accorded. I want to thank the Governor-General for his presence. I want to particularly thank the King of Holland, the government of Holland, and the people of Holland for the way they received the victims – all the victims – of flight MH17.
  • 23 July 2014 | Media release
    I congratulate Joko Widodo on winning the Indonesian presidential election held on 9 July. The Australian Government is looking forward to working closely with him. The election is a significant milestone. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy. Indonesia is to be congratulated on its remarkable transition to democracy and on the conduct of the election.
  • 23 July 2014 | Media release
    A train carrying the remains of the victims recovered from the MH17 wreckage reached Kharkiv, Ukraine just before 7.40pm last night (AEST). All remains will now be transferred to the Netherlands for identification and repatriation. This process will be methodical and may take some time. The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (retired), is in Kharkiv for the ceremony marking the departure of the first caskets containing the victims’ remains.