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The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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29 March 2015

  • I congratulate Premier Baird and his Coalition team on an outstanding victory in the New South Wales state election. Mike is an extremely effective Premier with a vision for a stronger and more prosperous New South Wales. He is also a man of great integrity. Mike stayed the course in the face of a concerted scare campaign by Labor. This result is unambiguously good news for the Liberal Party and for the people of New South Wales. The re-election of a reforming government is also good news for Australia.

  • The Government is today announcing it intends to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which would allow Australia to participate (as a prospective founding member) in negotiations to set up the bank. The Government has discussed the AIIB extensively with China and other key partners inside and outside the region. Good progress has been made on the Bank’s design, governance and transparency over the past few months, but we still have issues that we will address through ongoing consultations.

28 March 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government is inviting submissions on Australia’s next greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for the post-2020 period. We are determined to reduce emissions – but without a carbon tax and without destroying jobs. All countries have agreed to propose their national post-2020 emissions reduction target before the United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December 2015.

27 March 2015

  • The Abbott Government will deliver funding certainty to the families of children with autism who access early intervention services across Australia. Funding is being extended to six autism-specific centres that employ an innovative early intervention model. The Government will extend funding for the six Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centres (ASELCCs) until the end of 2015, and will also develop new, individualised funding agreements with each centre for the next three years to the end of 2018. The investment in the new three year agreements is estimated to be more than $16 million dollars.

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.

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