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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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21 April 2015

  • Today I will travel to Turkey for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. I will be joined in Turkey by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key – a testament to the enduring bond between our two countries. Prime Minister Key and I will join the Turkish commemorations of the Gallipoli campaign. On Anzac Day in Gallipoli, we will remember the sacrifice of the men who fought and died there.

19 April 2015

  • On Monday, I will attend the dedication of the Australian Memorial in the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington. The memorial commemorates the many conflicts in which Australian and New Zealand troops have jointly served. It is testament to the bond forged between our nations across more than a century, as well as to our shared strategic interests and common values and heritage.

  • This week marks the centenary of the Australian landing at Anzac Cove. On that day, some 750 were killed. Nearly 9,000 would lose their lives at Gallipoli before the evacuation eight months later.  Over 61,000 would lose their lives during the Great War. Our forebears faced terrible trials, but the worst of times brought out the very best in them. Their perseverance, selflessness, courage and compassion came to define us as a nation.

18 April 2015

  • Sir Iain Lobban KCMG CB will join the independent panel of experts that is advising the Government on our review of Australia’s cyber security.   As the former Director of the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters, Sir Iain’s experience will be extremely valuable to the Review as we shape Australia’s strategy to better protect Australia’s networks from cyber attack.   Australia faces real and growing cyber threats.   By 2017, more than nine out of ten Australians will be routinely online and Australian businesses and consumers benefit from the opportunities that an interconnected world delivers.

15 April 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government is dismayed by Victoria's decision not to proceed with building the East West Link. The unprecedented announcement that the Victorian Government would rather pay hundreds of millions to a consortium than build the East West Link is a massive set back to Victoria. The Victorian Government’s decision to abrogate contractual responsibilities sets a dangerous precedent for future projects and threatens further investment in much-needed infrastructure in our country. They have damaged investor confidence in major infrastructure projects. Australia can’t afford to discourage private investment in infrastructure because government alone cannot afford to build the infrastructure that our country needs.

14 April 2015

  • The Government has confirmed that Australia will commit a military force to the international Building Partner Capacity (BPC) training mission in Iraq. The force will involve about 300 ADF personnel, drawn largely from the Army’s 7th Brigade, based in Brisbane. They will work as part of a combined Task Group alongside about 100 personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force. The mission of the Australian and New Zealand trainers will be to help the Iraqi Government to prepare sufficient forces to maintain the momentum of the counter-attack against ISIL, or Daesh, and regain control of its territory.

13 April 2015

  • The Commonwealth Science Council, chaired by the Prime Minister, met for the second time today in Canberra. The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Industry and Science, the Minister for Health, the Minister for Education, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science. Science is at the centre of Australian industry and science and technology are central elements to improving our productivity and competitiveness. The Commonwealth Science Council is an important source of advice to the Government in this respect.

12 April 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government will end the conscientious objector exemption on children’s vaccination for access to taxpayer funded Child Care Benefits, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement from 1 January 2016. Parents who vaccinate their children should have confidence that they can take their children to child care without the fear that their children will be at risk of contracting a serious or potentially life-threatening illness because of the conscientious objections of others.

10 April 2015

  • Peter Walsh AO was a distinguished minister and a substantive political figure in our national life. Peter Walsh served as a minister in the Hawke Government from 1983 to 1990 including five and a half years as Minister for Finance. He is remembered as one of the architects of Australia’s era of economic reform. On behalf of the Coalition, I extend our sympathies to his wife, Rosalie and his family.

  • Today, Australia has lost an icon. Richie Benaud OBE was part of all our lives. To most Australians Richie Benaud was cricket.  He personified its traditions and its values. While many Australians only know Richard Benaud as the voice of cricket, we should not forget that in his day he was a cricketer with few equals.  It was why he was so insightful as a commentator.

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