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The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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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.

17 October 2014

  • The Commonwealth Government has announced $538.8 million to help Australian health and medical researchers find the cures, treatments and medical devices of the future. The funding will support 773 National Health and Medical Research Council grants, which will help ensure Australia remains a world leader in medical research.

14 October 2014

  • As part of the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the Government will examine opportunities for greater acceptance of international standards and risk assessments. This is an important part of the Government’s plan to cut red tape and foster a lower cost, business friendly environment with less regulation.

  • The Government will reform the tax treatment of Employee Share Schemes to bolster entrepreneurship in Australia and support innovative start-up companies. Employee Share Schemes give employees a financial share of the company’s potential success. As such, they help start-up companies to attract and retain high-quality staff.

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