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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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24 July 2014

  • The first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health was held in Canberra today. Chaired by retired Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane AO, CSC, RAN (Ret’d) the 11 Council members bring a broad range of views and experience to the table. Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG will serve as Deputy Chair. The Council will meet twice a year and will assist the Government in improving understanding of the unique nature of military service and its impact on mental health.

23 July 2014

  • I congratulate Joko Widodo on winning the Indonesian presidential election held on 9 July. The Australian Government is looking forward to working closely with him. The election is a significant milestone. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy. Indonesia is to be congratulated on its remarkable transition to democracy and on the conduct of the election.

  • A train carrying the remains of the victims recovered from the MH17 wreckage reached Kharkiv, Ukraine just before 7.40pm last night (AEST). All remains will now be transferred to the Netherlands for identification and repatriation. This process will be methodical and may take some time. The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (retired), is in Kharkiv for the ceremony marking the departure of the first caskets containing the victims’ remains.

22 July 2014

  • The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the armed separatist groups controlling the MH17 crash site to allow unfettered access to international investigators. Australia played a lead role, authoring the resolution which was adopted in New York on July 21 (July 22 Australian time).

  • Today, the Governor-General, the Presiding Officers of the Parliament, members of the Cabinet, representatives of the Federal Opposition, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and members of the public signed the Commonwealth of Australia Condolence Book in support and sympathy to the families of those tragically killed on Flight MH17.

21 July 2014

18 July 2014

  • The thoughts and prayers of all Australians today are with the families and loved ones of the Australians that have tragically been killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Our hearts go out to the families of all the dead. At least 27 Australians citizens have lost their lives on flight MH17. Nine resided in Queensland, nine in Victoria, seven in Western Australia, one in the ACT and one in New South Wales.

  • I have instructed that the Australian National Flag be flown at half-mast tomorrow on all Australian Government establishments, here and overseas, as a mark of respect to the Australians who have lost their lives in the tragic grounding of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

17 July 2014

13 July 2014

  • Later this year, Brisbane will host the leaders of the world’s biggest economies at the G20 summit. This year’s summit will focus on boosting economic growth – because stronger economic growth is the key to addressing almost every global problem. The outcome should be more jobs, better infrastructure, freer trade and greater co-operation – because these are the foundations of stronger economies.

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