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
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston to lead Australia's response to MH17 investigation and recovery efforts
Air Chief Marshal (retired) Angus Houston AC AFC has been appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy and will lead Australia’s efforts on the ground in Ukraine to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the MH17 crash. He will remain in Ukraine as long as necessary to complete the task.
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
The Coalition promised to abolish the Carbon Tax and today the Government has delivered on our promise. Australian families and businesses will no longer be slugged by Labor’s Carbon Tax.
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.
11 July 2014
The Government today officially launched the Restart programme. Restart provides a $10,000 incentive to employers to hire and retain mature age job seekers aged 50 and over who have been in receipt of income support for six months or more.
9 July 2014
I am delighted to express my support for the launch of the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in London today. Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales will launch the programme to celebrate and support young leaders from across the Commonwealth.
8 July 2014
I have been advised that His Excellency, the Honourable Peter Underwood AC has died after a short illness. Mr Underwood had a long career serving the State and people of Tasmania, both in the judiciary and later as Governor.