04 May 2015
On behalf of the Government and the people of Australia, a gift will be dispatched to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark the birth of the new princess. A cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool has been sourced from Launceston’s renowned Waverley Woollen Mills. The blanket will be embroidered with the Australian floral emblem, the wattle, by members of the ACT Embroiderers’ Guild. In honour of the birth of the princess, the Government will also contribute $10,000 to the Healesville Sanctuary, part of Zoos Victoria, to support the important work it is doing for the Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus).
The ongoing success of Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) and its flow-on effects will deliver savings measures of more than $500 million in the 2015-16 Budget. OSB has halted the flood of Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) that were continually filling detention centres across Australia under Labor. It has allowed the Coalition Government to empty and close many of the 17 additional detention centres opened by the Rudd and Gillard Governments at great cost to the nation between 2008 and 2012.
03 May 2015
The Commonwealth Government will provide $840 million over two years for preschool programmes across Australia. The Government will do this by extending funding to the states and territories under the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.
02 May 2015
On behalf of all Australians, Margie and I extend to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulations on the birth of a daughter. The birth of a baby is a great moment for any family and Australia shares this young family’s joy.
The Commonwealth Government is taking action to strengthen the integrity of the foreign investment framework. Foreign investment is integral to Australia’s economy and we welcome all investment that is not contrary to our national interest.
30 April 2015
The Commonwealth and the Western Australian Governments today announce additional disaster recovery assistance for primary producers in the northwest of Western Australia affected by Tropical Cyclone Olwyn. Category C assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Eligible primary producers will now be able to access grants of up to $25,000 to assist with their clean-up and recovery costs. Grants are available to primary producers in the local government areas of Carnarvon, Exmouth and Shark Bay, and a defined area within Ashburton.
29 April 2015
The Australian Government deeply regrets the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The Government had hoped that Indonesia would show mercy to these young men, who have worked hard since their arrests to rehabilitate themselves and improve the lives of other prisoners. They committed a serious crime.
28 April 2015
We have agreed to deepen the security aspects of our bilateral relationship, including our counter-terrorism cooperation and our shared efforts to deal with the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. We recognise the challenges we both face on national security, as demonstrated by the terrorist attacks in Sydney in December 2014 and in Paris in January 2015. We acknowledge that ISIL, or Daesh, poses a significant threat to global security and to both our countries. We reaffirm our commitment to working with our international coalition partners to disrupt, degrade and ultimately destroy it.
26 April 2015
Australians can now see a first glimpse of the Sir John Monash Centre and what to expect when its doors are opened ahead of Anzac Day 2018. The winning design for the Western Front interpretive centre was unveiled today at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in France at a ceremony where the Mayor of Villers-Bretonneux was also honoured.
22 April 2015
Joint Statement with His Excellency Professor Ahmet Davutoglu, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
HE Ahmet Davutoğlu, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey and the Hon Tony Abbott MP, the Prime Minister of Australia, agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation to counter terrorism, tackle terrorist financing and mitigate the threats from foreign fighters, during their official bilateral meeting held today in Ankara.