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The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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01 February 2015

  • Early this morning a video was released which appears to show the murder of Kenji Goto, the second Japanese hostage held by the Daesh death cult. As Prime Minister Abe has said, this is a despicable act of terrorism. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Goto’s family and friends as they deal with the anguish caused by this atrocity, in particular with his daughters who have had their father stolen from them.

  • I have spoken to Campbell Newman to thank him for his service to Queensland. Obviously, it has been a very difficult outcome for him and his government. Campbell Newman can be proud of what his government did to restore Queensland's finances and to boost its economy. There are lessons in this result for all governments, including the Federal one. The LNP will be looking at them closely. The Federal Government remains fully committed to creating jobs and helping families get ahead. 1 February 2015

28 January 2015

  • The 2015 COAG agenda will address the problem of violence against women at a national level. To advise COAG on these actions and other initiatives, I have established an Advisory Panel on violence against women. I am pleased that retiring Victorian Police Commissioner Mr Ken Lay APM, and the 2015 Australian of the Year, Ms Rosie Batty, have agreed to be the founding members of the panel. Further announcements regarding membership of the panel will be made in due course.

26 January 2015

  • I was very pleased to meet with Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, in Canberra today. That we met on Australia Day reflects the close and enduring partnership between the two countries. It is also significant that we met so early in the year which mark’s PNG’s fortieth anniversary of independence. Prime Minister O’Neill and I discussed a range of important bilateral and regional issues, noting that our economic links continue to expand.

  • Australia mourns the passing of The Honourable Tom Uren AC. He was a prisoner of war, a parliamentarian, a minister, a deputy leader of his party and served our country throughout his adult life. He was an aspiring boxer and outstanding athlete who joined the army at the age of 20 and deployed to Timor. He spent his 21st birthday – and the following three – as a prisoner of war. He suffered the brutality of the Burma-Thai Railway and he witnessed from afar the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Despite these experiences, he rejected hatred.

  • Her Majesty The Queen has accepted my recommendation that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC (Mil) AFC (Retd) be awarded Australia’s highest honour as Knights of the Order of Australia.

25 January 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government will make it simpler to adopt children from overseas. A new one-stop-shop will be established – the Intercountry Adoption Support Service – to help Australian families work through what can be a long, frustrating and painful process. Prospective families will be able to access a dedicated 1800 help line and a special website.Trained staff will advocate on their behalf, dealing with state authorities and partner countries.

23 January 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government extends its deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. King Abdullah was a key architect of Saudi Arabia’s economic and political development. Amongst his many achievements, he oversaw the transformation of the Kingdom’s economy, presided over the first municipal elections, and supported an expanded role for the consultative Shura Council, including the appointment of women.

  • The Commonwealth Government will establish a Digital Transformation Office (DTO) within the Department of Communications so that government services can be delivered digitally from start to finish and better serve the needs of citizens and businesses. The DTO will comprise a small team of developers, designers, researchers and content specialists working across government to develop and coordinate the delivery of digital services. The DTO will operate more like a start-up than a traditional government agency, focussing on end-user needs in developing digital services.

  • Australia opposes the death penalty at home and abroad. While Australia respects Indonesia’s sovereignty, we are asking that Indonesia reconsider its decision to execute two Australian citizens.   The government has made representations at the highest levels.  The Foreign Affairs Minister and I have both made representations to our Indonesian counterparts and are continuing to make every possible effort through the most effective channels to stop Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan being executed.

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