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The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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27 November 2014

  • Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration. He was loved, admired and respected by his teammates and by legions of cricket fans.

  • The Commonwealth Science Council will hold its first meeting today, bringing together the nation’s most eminent scientists and business people to provide advice on boosting Australia’s prosperity and competitiveness. The Council is one of the foundation initiatives of the Commonwealth Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.

  • The Australian Government will review Australia’s cyber-security strategy to better protect Australia’s networks from cyber attack. The review, to report within six months, will explore how industry and the government can work together to make our online systems more resilient against attacks.

24 November 2014

  • The Prime Minister’s Christmas Tree will again support the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.  Right up until Christmas Eve, visitors and guests to the Prime Minister’s office will be encouraged to bring a gift to place under the tree and help provide a happier Christmas for thousands of Australian children and families. Over six million gifts have been donated since the Kmart Wishing Tree was established 27 years ago. Last year alone, nearly 500,000 gifts were distributed by the Salvation Army to all corners of the continent.

21 November 2014

  • Mr Stephen Sedgwick AO, FIPAA will finish his term as Australian Public Service Commissioner on 13 December 2014. Mr Sedgwick was appointed to the position in 2009. During that time he has overseen a number of significant changes to the Australian Public Service.

19 November 2014

  • The French and Australian Governments have committed to establishing a consultation process aimed at facilitating the return of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ human remains from French public collections. The French and Australian Governments are committed to working together on this subject in a spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding.

18 November 2014

  • Australia and China have reaffirmed a long tradition of collaboration in Antarctic diplomacy, science, logistics and operations during a visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Prime Minister Abbott and President Xi witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in Hobart today, which recognises the close Antarctic relationship between the two nations.

  • The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, paid an official visit to Australia from 16-18 November 2014, following the G20 Summit, as the guest of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Prime Minister Modi held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Abbott, addressed a joint sitting of both houses of the Parliament (the first time an Indian prime minister has done so) and met the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Leader of the Opposition in Canberra. He also visited Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, where he met political leaders, academics, businesspeople and sporting figures and addressed members of the Australian Indian community. He visited research, cultural and historic institutions. A number of agreements were signed and new initiatives launched.

17 November 2014

  • The landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come. ChAFTA will add billions to the economy, create jobs and drive higher living standards for Australians. Australian businesses will have unprecedented access to the world’s second largest economy. It greatly enhances our competitive position in key areas such as agriculture, resources and energy, manufacturing exports, services and investment.

  • As a result of my meeting with His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, in Canberra this morning, I am pleased to announce the completion of negotiations for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng will sign a Declaration of Intent this afternoon, undertaking to prepare the legal texts in both languages for signature.

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