Press Statement: Martin Place siege
Early this morning the Martin Place siege ended with the death of the lone gunman and tragically, the loss of two hostages – innocent Australians caught up in the horror of yesterday.
Five other people – four hostages and a New South Wales police officer – have been injured.
State and Commonwealth agencies are investigating.
A Message from the PM
A lot of good things have happened in 2014.
The boats have stopped, the carbon tax is gone, red tape is being cut, free trade agreements have been finalised and the largest roads programme ever is now underway.
Since the end of last year, over 160,000 new jobs have been created – and this is helping families and small businesses right around Australia.
Address to the RECOGNISE Inaugural Gala Dinner, Sydney
Thank you very much indeed. Thank you Aunty Donna for your Welcome to Country.
Thank you to everyone for being here tonight to support this very important cause.
I particularly welcome my Parliamentary colleagues, the Leader of the Opposition, and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion.
A strong and sustainable Medicare
The $7 Medicare co-payment measure announced in the 2014-15 Budget will no longer proceed.
The Government will instead implement a package of measures that will strengthen Medicare and help make it sustainable, ensuring Australians will continue to have access to affordable, world-class health care.
Statement on Phillip Hughes, House of Representatives
Madam Speaker, death is the certain end to every life but it never loses its power to shock and dismay – as we’ve all found since the passing of Phillip Hughes last week.
He was a great cricketer.
He was grand company.
He was the best of sons and the best of brothers.
18 December 2014 |
I think there’s a number of things that we need to do at the moment. Obviously, we’re still in shock and in mourning for the victims, particularly Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson. We are full of admiration for the professionalism of the New South Wales Police, but obviously, there are lessons that need to be learned from this. That’s why Premier Baird and myself have commissioned this joint inquiry. I want it to be thorough but I also want it to be swift, because we do have, tragically, people in our midst – not many, but some – who would do us harm and it’s important that we have the best possible procedures in place for dealing with them. The commitment that I’ve given repeatedly to the Australian people is that you will be kept safe by this Government. The highest priority of this Government is your safety and we will do everything we humanly can to make that happen.
17 December 2014 |
We are still very much in mourning for the victims of this week’s terrorist attack in Sydney. We are still taking quiet pride in the professionalism and the courage of the New South Wales Police and the other agencies which responded to this appalling outrage. Nevertheless, we do need to reflect on what's happened and to ponder what might've been done better. I want to make it absolutely crystal clear that I have great confidence in our police and security agencies and the Australian people are entitled to have great confidence in our police and security agencies.
17 December 2014 |
In the aftermath of the horrific Martin Place siege and following the tragic loss of innocent lives, we must learn what we can from this incident and implement any changes necessary at the State and Federal level. The Commonwealth and New South Wales governments will urgently conduct a review into the Martin Place siege and what lessons can be learned from the events leading up to and surrounding the siege. As our State and Commonwealth law enforcement and security agencies work together to keep Australia safe, the review will identify important lessons for the future.
17 December 2014 |
Well, it is simply impossible to put into words the mixture of grief and fury that must be felt by people in Pakistan and indeed around the world at this latest terror atrocity. I hope, I hope, in my deepest heart that somewhere in the hearts of people who might otherwise be attracted to this, there is a realisation that it is never, ever right to kill innocent people and that is what we have seen on a mass scale in Pakistan overnight.