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.
10 May 2015
The Government’s $3.5 billion Jobs for Families child care package will provide greater choice for more than 1.2 million families by delivering a simpler, more affordable, more flexible, and more accessible child care system. The Government will establish a new and simpler Child Care Subsidy from 1 July 2017.
09 May 2015
All who knew the Hon Michael MacKellar AM will mourn his passing. Michael MacKellar was Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (1975-1979) and Minister for Health (1979-1982) in the Fraser Government.
Rural communities suffering through extreme drought will be eligible for Commonwealth assistance as part of a new $333 million support package. This Commonwealth Government investment is an acknowledgment of the difficulties being experienced by farmers and by the communities they help to sustain. It is critical these communities remain viable and that people stay in jobs so that they can take advantage of better conditions when the drought breaks.
I congratulate David Cameron and the British Government on its re-election.