Remarks at Official Welcome to Mer Island
It is a real honour for me to be here on your island, on Mer Island. It is an honour for me to be here on an island which now resonates right around Australia as the place where native title was first acknowledged.
Many Indigenous Australians yearn for justice, but it was one of yours whose grave I will soon visit who first found justice at the hands of a country and a court system which had long been unsympathetic to the claims of the Indigenous people.
A Message from the Prime Minister
Ever since becoming a Member of Parliament, I have tried to get out of the office so that people can tell me about their lives and about the issues they face.
So, this week, I will be visiting Indigenous communities in the Torres Strait and on the tip of Cape York.
Before the last election, I promised to spend a week every year absorbed in the real life of Indigenous communities because I want to see for myself the challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration Service 2015
As someone who has never served in our armed forces, I stand in humble awe of all who have – particularly, the decorated veterans I see before me.
We gather today to remember those who served in the Vietnam War.
This year marks a half century since the first contingent of the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment departed and today marks the 49th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
Honouring the Diamonds
On behalf of our country we congratulate the Diamonds – this is our 11th Netball World Cup win.
I congratulate the Diamonds who were so magnificently led by Laura Geitz and Julie Corletto – who played through the game with a broken foot – an extraordinary exercise of courage, endurance, commitment, professionalism and strength.
It's often said that women's sport doesn't get the attention that it deserves. I have to say in the Abbott household it certainly does get plenty of attention. My wife and daughters are netball tragics and, as is well known, I am a netball dad.
The Government's plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry
The Commonwealth Government is delivering a long-term plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. Over the next 20 years the Government will invest over $89 billion in ships and submarines for the Navy.
This critical investment will generate significant economic growth and sustain several thousand Australian jobs over decades. It is a key part of our commitment to a safe and secure Australia.
29 August 2015 |
It’s good to be here with Fiona Scott, the Member for Lindsay and Louise Markus, the Member for Macquarie, two very hardworking Western Sydney MPs who are quite rightly delighted that as part of our $15 million plan for the Cumberland Conservation Corridor, today we’re announcing $4.5 million to 13 projects run by three organisations – Greening Australia, Muru Mittigar and the Greater Sydney Local Land Services – to plant almost one million trees. Every great city needs its lungs. The Cumberland Conservation Corridor is the lung of Western Sydney. It’s important that this be in tip top condition and this $15 million will help to ensure that as far as is humanly possible, we put the Cumberland Conservation Corridor back into its natural state.
29 August 2015 |
The Commonwealth Government is investing $4.5 million to help restore the critically endangered woodland of Western Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. This funding is part of our 20 Million Trees programme, which aims to plant 20 million trees by 2020, including one million trees in the Cumberland Conservation Corridor. The Cumberland Plain woodland is unique and rare. There are plants and animals in this region that are not found in any other part of Australia. Funding will flow to three local groups – Greening Australia Ltd, Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Muru Mittigar Ltd – that have the knowledge, passion and commitment necessary to help protect one of Australia’s most threatened bushlands.
28 August 2015 |
Well I’ll come away very encouraged by a lot of good things that are happening, particularly in schools. Now, I visited all three schools in the NPA – the Northern Peninsula Area – and these are classrooms which are energised, focused and disciplined in a way that I have never seen before in remote Indigenous schools. This is very good news for the individual youngsters that are studying and for their communities because it gives them a life. As we all know, a good education is necessary if we are to make the most of our lives and I am confident that that’s what people are now getting in these schools.
27 August 2015 |
As you know, every day this Government's focus is on jobs, growth and community safety. Every day in remote parts of Australia our focus is on getting the kids to school, the adults to work and communities safe. Yesterday, I saw some tremendous work in schools. I will be seeing some more work in Injinoo School in a little while, but today, the focus has been on community jobs. The Community Development Programme which is the replacement programme that this Government has put into operation to ensure that all working-aged adults are at work, preferably for a wage but, if not, for their social security benefits, is in full swing here at Injinoo.