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The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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01 September 2015

  • The Government will not proceed with Labor’s Bank Deposit Tax. This decision adopts a key recommendation of the Financial System Inquiry and comes after extensive consultations with stakeholders and the community. Labor’s proposed Bank Deposit Tax would have imposed costs of $1.5 billion on Australians with bank savings. It would have damaged competition in the banking sector by putting regional and community banks at a disadvantage relative to the big four banks, further disadvantaging hard working Australians. 

30 August 2015

  • Australia has lost a sporting giant and a racing legend. Few people have dominated a sport like Bart Cummings did. He will be remembered as a truly great trainer, the winner of literally thousands of races. Twelve of those victories were Melbourne Cups and in five of those wins he also trained the runner up, an extraordinary achievement. Race day will not be the same without him. On behalf of all Australians, we extend our sincerest sympathies to Bart’s wife of 61 years, Valmae, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

29 August 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government is investing $4.5 million to help restore the critically endangered woodland of Western Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. This funding is part of our 20 Million Trees programme, which aims to plant 20 million trees by 2020, including one million trees in the Cumberland Conservation Corridor. The Cumberland Plain woodland is unique and rare. There are plants and animals in this region that are not found in any other part of Australia. Funding will flow to three local groups – Greening Australia Ltd, Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Muru Mittigar Ltd – that have the knowledge, passion and commitment necessary to help protect one of Australia’s most threatened bushlands.

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.

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