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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP


26 March 2015

  • The Governor-General has approved the appointments of the next Chief of the Army and Chief of the Air Force. Lieutenant General Angus Campbell DSC, AM will be appointed Chief of the Army on 16 May 2015 and Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Davies AO, CSC – on promotion to Air Marshal – will be appointed Chief of the Air Force on 4 July 2015. Lieutenant General Campbell and Air Marshal Davies will each bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles.

25 March 2015

  • I will travel to Singapore to join other national leaders at the funeral of former Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on Sunday. Lee Kuan Yew was the father of his nation, guiding Singapore’s remarkable transformation from the third world to the first. He was a leading international statesman of his time, and laid the foundation upon which successive Singaporean and Australian Governments have built a strong relationship.

  • Today, the Government launches the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, a special travelling exhibition which will visit 23 locations across Australia throughout the Centenary of Anzac period.

23 March 2015

  • Today, we mourn the passing of a giant of our region. Fifty years ago, Lee Kuan Yew led a vulnerable, fledgling nation to independence. Today, thanks to his vision and determination, Singapore is one of the world’s most successful countries. In Lee Kuan Yew’s own words, Singapore’s remarkable journey has been from 'third world to first’.

21 March 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government will commit an additional $100 million in new funding for the Reef Trust to support the implementation of the historic Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan for the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef. Last year, the Coalition delivered on its commitment to establish a $40 million Reef Trust which has already funded important work to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

  • The Commonwealth and Queensland governments today released the most comprehensive plan ever developed to secure the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef for generations to come. The Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan, delivered in partnership between the Commonwealth and Queensland governments, brings together for the first time all the work, expertise and science critical to managing the Reef for the next three decades and beyond.

  • Today, around the nation, we mark the completion of Australia’s longest war and honour the men and women who served in Afghanistan on Operation Slipper. Operation Slipper saw the deployment of more than 34,500 Australian men and women from the Australian Defence Force personnel, the Australian Federal Police, and other agencies. In the course of the Afghanistan campaign, 41 Australians were killed and 263 wounded. Hundreds more have unseen wounds.

20 March 2015

  • Our country has lost its 22nd Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser. As our nation’s leader between 1975 and 1983, he restored economically responsible government while recognising social change. In a long and active retirement, he maintained a keen interest in our country’s direction. The constitutional crisis of 1975 was one of the defining political events of our nation. Malcolm Fraser held true to the belief that his actions were in the best interests of Australia. He was determined to ‘turn on the lights’ and restore Australia’s economic fortunes.

  • The Commonwealth Government is delivering its commitment to give Australian small businesses a ‘fair go’ by extending the unfair contract protections currently available to consumers to cover the small business sector. Small business is the engine room of Australia’s economic future. We want to ensure that small businesses have access to a level playing field so they can continue to grow, invest and create jobs. Like consumers, small businesses are often presented with ‘take it or leave it’ contracts, with little scope to negotiate just and fair terms.

19 March 2015

  • The Government condemns the terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. At least 19 people, including 17 foreign tourists, were killed and many more wounded. Our consular officials have now confirmed that a dual Australian-Colombian citizen, who was a resident of New South Wales, was among the deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family, to whom we will extend all consular assistance.


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