31 July 2014
The Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honour the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
30 July 2014
The Commonwealth and NSW Governments are delivering on their commitment to upgrade Narellan Road to six lanes from Camden Valley Way at Narellan to Blaxland Road at Campbelltown. The 6.8 kilometre upgrade is a much-needed investment to improve infrastructure in the Macarthur area and throughout the south-west Sydney growth corridor.
27 July 2014
Australia will contribute to a Dutch-led multinational police mission to the crash site of MH17. I expect the first contingent of Australian police will arrive at the crash site later today with Dutch colleagues to begin their important work. First and foremost, the purpose of the mission is to recover further remains from the site.
24 July 2014
The first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health was held in Canberra today. Chaired by retired Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane AO, CSC, RAN (Ret’d) the 11 Council members bring a broad range of views and experience to the table. Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG will serve as Deputy Chair. The Council will meet twice a year and will assist the Government in improving understanding of the unique nature of military service and its impact on mental health.
23 July 2014
I congratulate Joko Widodo on winning the Indonesian presidential election held on 9 July. The Australian Government is looking forward to working closely with him. The election is a significant milestone. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy. Indonesia is to be congratulated on its remarkable transition to democracy and on the conduct of the election.
A train carrying the remains of the victims recovered from the MH17 wreckage reached Kharkiv, Ukraine just before 7.40pm last night (AEST). All remains will now be transferred to the Netherlands for identification and repatriation. This process will be methodical and may take some time. The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (retired), is in Kharkiv for the ceremony marking the departure of the first caskets containing the victims’ remains.
22 July 2014
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the armed separatist groups controlling the MH17 crash site to allow unfettered access to international investigators. Australia played a lead role, authoring the resolution which was adopted in New York on July 21 (July 22 Australian time).
Today, the Governor-General, the Presiding Officers of the Parliament, members of the Cabinet, representatives of the Federal Opposition, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and members of the public signed the Commonwealth of Australia Condolence Book in support and sympathy to the families of those tragically killed on Flight MH17.
21 July 2014
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston to lead Australia's response to MH17 investigation and recovery efforts
Air Chief Marshal (retired) Angus Houston AC AFC has been appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy and will lead Australia’s efforts on the ground in Ukraine to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the MH17 crash. He will remain in Ukraine as long as necessary to complete the task.
18 July 2014
I have instructed that the Australian National Flag be flown at half-mast tomorrow on all Australian Government establishments, here and overseas, as a mark of respect to the Australians who have lost their lives in the tragic grounding of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.