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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP


25 December 2014

  • On 26 December 2004, a magnitude nine earthquake off northern Sumatra triggered one of the worst natural disasters in modern times. The tsunamis that swept across the Indian Ocean caused massive loss of life and utter devastation. More than 200,000 people died and over a million were left injured or homeless.

24 December 2014

  • Australian authors, poets and historians are invited to enter the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature to our cultural and intellectual life. These awards recognise the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history, and taking our stories to the world. They acknowledge excellence in Australian fiction, poetry, non-fiction, young adult fiction and children’s fiction, and in Australian history.

  • On the fortieth anniversary of Cyclone Tracy, Australians remember the devastation of the disaster and the determination of the people of Darwin to rebuild their city. On Christmas Day 1974, Darwin was flattened by Cyclone Tracy.It was a natural disaster almost without equal. Sixty-six lives were lost. Three-quarters of the city’s homes were destroyed. Thousands of people were evacuated. Darwin had to start again.

21 December 2014

  • The Government joins the United States and other governments in condemning cyber attacks against Sony Pictures Corporation.

  • I am pleased to announce changes to the Ministry that I will recommend to the Governor-General. These changes will put jobs and families at the centre of the Government’s agenda for 2015.

19 December 2014

  • The news out of Cairns is heartbreaking. All parents would feel a gut-wrenching sadness at what has happened. This is an unspeakable crime. These are trying days for our country. Tonight, there will be tears and prayers across our country for these children. My thoughts are with the Queensland Police and all who have to respond to this terrible situation.

  • With deep regret, I have accepted the resignation of Senator Arthur Sinodinos from the ministry. Earlier this week, Arthur advised me that the ICAC investigation would most likely continue at least until March. Knowing Arthur as I do, I am confident he will be vindicated.

17 December 2014

  • In the aftermath of the horrific Martin Place siege and following the tragic loss of innocent lives, we must learn what we can from this incident and implement any changes necessary at the State and Federal level. The Commonwealth and New South Wales governments will urgently conduct a review into the Martin Place siege and what lessons can be learned from the events leading up to and surrounding the siege. As our State and Commonwealth law enforcement and security agencies work together to keep Australia safe, the review will identify important lessons for the future.

16 December 2014

  • Early this morning, the Martin Place siege ended with the death of the lone gunman and tragically, the loss of two hostages – innocent Australians caught up in the horror of yesterday’s events in Sydney. I have instructed that the Australian National Flag be flown at half-mast today at all Commonwealth Government buildings as a mark of respect and mourning for the innocent victims involved in the Martin Place siege. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased hostages, the wounded, and the other hostages.

  • Australians awoke to the news this morning that the siege in Martin Place has ended. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased hostages, the wounded and the other hostages. I commend the courage and professionalism of the New South Wales Police and other emergency services involved. Early this morning I was briefed on developments by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, as well as Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin.


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