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The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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30 October 2014

  • The Governor-General has appointed Mr Michael Thawley AO as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for a period of five years commencing 1 December 2014. Mr Thawley has already provided significant service to Australia and brings a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors to his appointment. He was Australia’s Ambassador to the United States between 2000 and 2005, during which time Australia successfully concluded the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, ensuring greater access to the US market for Australian products. He has also held a number of senior Australian government positions including in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Office of National Assessments.

29 October 2014

  • Tonight, we recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of Australian science and Australian scientists. Australia has a proud history in science and a wealth of scientific talent. Our people are full of great ideas. The Commonwealth Government will continue to provide the strong support that science needs to find the next innovation or treatment for disease. The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science honour Australia’s scientific community and aim to inspire the next generation of scientists who will stand on the shoulders of those high achievers who came before them.

28 October 2014

  • 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. Parliament will be recalled for formal addresses by Prime Minister Cameron on November 14, President Xi Jinping on November 17 and Prime Minister Modi on November 18.

24 October 2014

  • A State Memorial Service will be held to honour the life and achievements of the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC. The Service will be held on Wednesday 5 November at 11.00am at the Sydney Town Hall to commemorate Mr Whitlam and his lifetime of service to our country: in the Royal Australian Air Force, as a parliamentarian, as Prime Minister, and as an ambassador. A condolence book is available to sign at Parliament House, Canberra, during business hours until 5 November 2014.

22 October 2014

  • The Commonwealth Government is getting on with the job of cutting red tape and regulation. Today, the Government introduces legislation to repeal nearly 1,000 unnecessary pieces of legislation and regulations and 7,210 pages of legislation and regulation. Before the election, we promised to cut red tape costs by $1 billion each year. With today’s Spring Repeal Day, the Government has more than doubled that target.

21 October 2014

  • The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, His Excellency Mark Rutte, will make an official visit to Australia as a guest of the Australian Government on 6-7 November. Australia’s relationship with the Netherlands is founded on strong trade and investment ties, and people to people links.  Our close partnership has deepened over our mutual grief at losing citizens when MH17 was downed in July. The Netherlands suffered the greatest loss in the crash – 196 of the 298 victims were Dutch.

  • Australia mourns the passing of its 21st Prime Minister, the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC. We remember his lifetime of service to Australia in the Royal Australian Air Force, as a parliamentarian, as Prime Minister and as an ambassador. Gough Whitlam was a giant of his time.  He united the Australian Labor Party, won two elections and seemed, in so many ways, larger than life. 

19 October 2014

18 October 2014

  • The Commonwealth Government will re-establish the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership to bring together government, community and business leaders to develop practical strategies to foster a culture of philanthropic giving and volunteering in Australia.

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