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The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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27 August 2015

  • As you know, every day this Government's focus is on jobs, growth and community safety. Every day in remote parts of Australia our focus is on getting the kids to school, the adults to work and communities safe. Yesterday, I saw some tremendous work in schools. I will be seeing some more work in Injinoo School in a little while, but today, the focus has been on community jobs. The Community Development Programme which is the replacement programme that this Government has put into operation to ensure that all working-aged adults are at work, preferably for a wage but, if not, for their social security benefits, is in full swing here at Injinoo.

17 August 2015

  • Parliament will honour Australia’s World Champion netballers with an official reception on Thursday. As the ‘netball dad’ in a family of ‘netball tragics’, I was particularly excited by the Diamonds’ World Cup victory. This was our eleventh Netball World Cup win and, remarkably, the third in a row. I congratulate the Diamonds, magnificently led by Laura Geitz, on their brilliant victory. The team showed exceptional skill, commitment, professionalism and courage – the last quality exemplified by Julie Corletto, who played the final with a broken foot.

16 August 2015

  • The fight against ice and illegal drugs can only be effective when the community and law enforcement agencies work together. Information from members of the public is an essential part in helping police and other agencies bust drug manufacture and distribution. To encourage the community fight against the ice epidemic, the Commonwealth Government will make available $1 million dollars to establish a national ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.

15 August 2015

  • On this day seventy years ago, Japan surrendered unconditionally and our then Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, declared: The war is over. Cities and towns across the country erupted in celebration as people flocked to sing, dance, wave flags and light bonfires. Men, women and children shared the relief and elation of a nation. Today, in awe and in gratitude, we honour a generation that fought for freedom and prevailed.

14 August 2015

  • I welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific. Successive Japanese Governments have reflected on Japan’s actions during World War II. Prime Minister Abe made a sincere vow for peace in the Australian Parliament in July last year. Prime Minister Abe’s statement recognises the suffering by Australia and other countries during World War II. Australia has not forgotten this sacrifice and suffering. Those horrors teach us that the countries of our region all advance together, or none of us will advance at all.    

13 August 2015

  • As part of national efforts to bolster the fight against the ice scourge, the Commonwealth Government will provide more than $18 million to the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) to further strengthen its crime-fighting capabilities. The Australian Crime Commission’s Organised Crime in Australia 2015 report says  transnational criminal syndicates still rely on the illegal drug market as their principal source of profit  with more than 60 per cent of Australia’s highest risk criminal targets involved in the illegal drug market and driving the expansion of the ice scourge. Increases in border detections of methylamphetamine worldwide provide further evidence of the growth of the market.

11 August 2015

  • Australia will reduce greenhouse gas emissions so they are 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a responsible and achievable target. It is comparable to the targets of other developed countries and allows our economy and jobs to grow strongly. The target builds on Australia’s excellent record. We met and beat our first Kyoto target and expect to do the same in 2020 through the Government’s Direct Action plan. Australia is making a strong and credible contribution to the international effort to tackle climate change.

09 August 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government will contribute $4 million to redevelop the Redcliffe Dolphins Stadium. It’s an investment in jobs, growth and the local community.

06 August 2015

  • Today marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine. It was on the evening of 6 August 1915 that the ANZACs struck against entrenched Turkish positions at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. Within 20 minutes, most of the enemy front line had been captured. However, four days of bitter hand-to-hand fighting ensued. Some 800 Australians were killed and 1500 were wounded in and around the trenches. The Turkish casualties were almost three times ours.

  • The Commonwealth Government is investing in jobs, innovation and growth across the Geelong region to support its transition from traditional manufacturing to a centre of innovation. Today, the Government announces that it will base its $14 million Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre in Geelong.

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