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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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28 June 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government will invest $57 million to list breakthrough melanoma drug Keytruda® on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This will improve quality of life for 1,100 Australian patients and make the $150,000 per year treatment affordable. The listing follows passage of the Government’s PBS reform package through the Senate last week and delivers on our promise to list new medicines as quickly as possible. It complements $1.3 billion from the 2015/16 Budget for other melanoma medicines as well as drugs to treat breast cancer, blindness and shingles.

27 June 2015

  • I will travel to Singapore for meetings with President Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to progress Australia’s economic, defence and security links. In its 50 years as a nation, Singapore has become a dynamic economic and security partner for Australia. It is Australia’s sixth largest source of foreign direct investment and our fifth largest trading partner with total trade of $30 billion.

  • The Government condemns the brutal attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. The thoughts of all Australians are with the families of the victims who lost their lives and the others injured in these barbaric acts of terror. At this stage, we have no information that any Australians have been killed or injured. Australia stands in solidarity with all those affected by these atrocities.

23 June 2015

  • The Government will strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals who engage in terrorism.  Legislation will be introduced into Parliament tomorrow. We want to ensure terrorists who are dual nationals are prevented from returning to Australia and dual nationals who engage in terrorism within Australia can be removed, where possible. This Government’s highest priority is to keep the community safe.

22 June 2015

  • A National Memorial Service in Canberra will take place on Friday 17 July 2015, the first anniversary of the downing of Flight MH17. The Service will honour those who lost their lives in this atrocity, and thank those who were involved in the recovery and investigation process. It will be a time to show support to those still grieving. All Australians mourned the loss of Flight MH17. There were 298 innocent people on this aircraft and their deaths outraged our sense of justice. One year on, we will remember all those who died – especially the men, women, and children who called Australia home.

18 June 2015

  • The Government has today released its White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future. This is Australia’s first White Paper on developing Northern Australia, building on our Green Paper and pre-election statement. It is an essential part of our plan for a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia. With a land mass covering over three million square kilometres, and a population of over one million people, the north has untapped potential. It is home to some of our most treasured icons including the Great Barrier Reef, the wet tropics of Queensland, Uluru, Kakadu and Cable Beach. The White Paper is a roadmap for achieving our vision for the north by 2035 and we are starting work right away – alongside the people who live and do business in the north.

17 June 2015

  • Today, Australia signed a landmark Free Trade Agreement with China, our largest trading partner, with total trade worth almost $160 billion in 2013-14, and a growing source of investment. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will lock in existing trade and provide the catalyst for future growth across a range of areas including goods, services and investment. The Agreement secures better market access for Australia to the world’s second largest economy, improves our competitive position in a rapidly growing market, promotes increased two-way investment and reduces import costs. It is a win for households and businesses alike.

15 June 2015

  • Today the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments announced further assistance for storm-affected primary producers in the Hunter and Central Coast. Clean up and recovery grants of up to $15,000 will be provided to farmers recovering from damage caused by severe flooding and storms. The grants, funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, are available in the local government areas of Dungog, Great Lakes, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and to parishes of Branxton, Heddon and Stockrington.  

12 June 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government will deliver $4 million to assist the Very Special Kids Hospice in Melbourne to purchase the property that has been its home for 21 years. The Very Special Kids Hospice is a purpose-built facility offering 24 hour nursing care for children with life-threatening conditions and a family services clinic. Services provided free of charge include counselling, specialist care, sibling support and bereavement support. Every year, Very Special Kids supports more than 900 Victorian families with children suffering from life threatening conditions.  

11 June 2015

  • I am pleased to announce that the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC has today appointed Mr Daryl Quinlivan as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture for a period of five years. Mr Quinlivan has most recently been the Head of Office at the Productivity Commission. He was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy between 2011 and 2013 and was a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry between 2005 and 2010.

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