26 May 2015
The Commonwealth Government has announced new national Science and Research Priorities to ensure our high performing science, research and innovation system delivers maximum benefit. The nine cross-disciplinary priorities are food, soil and water, transport, cybersecurity, energy, resources, advanced manufacturing, environmental change and health. The priorities will help our world-class science and research efforts to reflect the needs of industry, the national economy and the community.
The Commonwealth Government intends to update the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 so dual nationals who engage in terrorism can lose their citizenship. The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection will be able to exercise these powers in the national interest where a dual citizen betrays our country by participating in serious terrorist-related activities. The new powers will apply to dual citizens who fight with or support groups such as ISIL, or Daesh, as well as so-called ‘lone wolves’, whether in Australia or on foreign soil.
25 May 2015
The Commonwealth Government is strengthening Australia’s counter-terrorism arrangements. The Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan MP, will take on a new role as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism. As part of these new arrangements, Minister Keenan will be assisted by Mr Greg Moriarty in the new position of Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator – leading a new counter-terrorism coordination office within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Commonwealth Government will offer the families of Australian servicemen killed during the Vietnam War and buried overseas the opportunity to repatriate their remains. The offer follows extensive consultation with the RSL, the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia, the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia, as well as veterans’ families. Australia deployed more than 60,000 servicemen and women to the conflict in Vietnam between 1962 and 1973, with 521 Australians names listed on the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour.
22 May 2015
The Commonwealth Government welcomes the release of Australia’s first national audit on infrastructure, undertaken by Infrastructure Australia. The audit shows the economic imperative of fixing our road and transport networks in our major cities. This audit is a first for Australia and will drive action on infrastructure investment by revealing the costs of inaction. For example, road congestion in Australia is currently costing some $13.7 billion per year. If we don’t take action, the cost will be $53 billion a year by 2031.
20 May 2015
Today the Commonwealth Government announced the projects to gain funding under its $50 million Manufacturing Transition Programme. The Commonwealth contribution to the Programme is accompanied by over $200 million in investment by Australian manufacturers. Nineteen businesses will receive between $1 million and $5 million to improve their competitiveness by investing in new capital equipment and plant improvements.
18 May 2015
I intend to recommend to the Governor‑General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), that he appoint Mr Grant Hehir as the next Auditor‑General for the Commonwealth for 10 years, commencing on 11 June 2015. As an independent officer of the Parliament, the Auditor‑General is responsible for ensuring accountability and transparency in the delivery of government programmes and services.
17 May 2015
The Commonwealth Government will support Curtin University’s proposal to establish a new medical school that will help address the health workforce needs of Western Australia. Curtin University will offer a new five-year undergraduate, direct-entry medical programme that will select and train students to work in areas of need around Western Australia.
14 May 2015
Today the Commonwealth Government announced full membership of its specially convened Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women. As previously announced, former Victorian Police Commissioner Mr Ken Lay will Chair the Panel with domestic violence advocate and Australian of the Year, Ms Rosie Batty as Deputy Chair. The Government is pleased to announce that Ms Heather Nancarrow has agreed to join the Panel and will serve as joint Deputy Chair with Ms Batty.
12 May 2015
Growing jobs and small business package to help small businesses invest more, grow more and employ more
The 2015 Budget is the next step in the Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians. This Budget is about building jobs, growth and opportunity and providing a credible path to surplus. The new $5.5 billion Growing Jobs and Small Business package will help small businesses invest more, grow more, and employ more.