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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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04 March 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government will develop a new national awareness campaign focused on reducing violence against women and their children. We need to lift community understanding of the prevalence of this epidemic in our society and encourage all Australians to raise their voices to say that verbal intimidation and physical violence against women and children is never ever acceptable. Importantly, we must also ensure that any women or child who may be suffering understands that this is not acceptable and support is available. 

  • The Australian Government understands that the work performed by members of the Australian Defence Force is unique and crucial to our nation and our security. In recognition of these unique circumstances, the Government has decided to increase the wage offer for ADF personnel to two per cent per annum, over the life of the agreement, with effect from the next pay day

03 March 2015

  • The Government has decided to commence the preparation and training of a force to contribute to the international Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission in Iraq. This decision marks the next phase of Australia’s contribution to the international coalition to disrupt, degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, or Daesh, and follows requests for our participation from the Iraqi and United States Governments.

  • The Commonwealth will allocate $120,000 over two years to support women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds through our court system. As a result of uncertainties regarding the law in Australia or of their rights to assistance, CALD women can find their interactions with the legal system daunting and difficult to navigate.

28 February 2015

27 February 2015

  • Today the Commonwealth Government has announced additional assistance to the communities of Queensland suffering the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Marcia. The Disaster Recovery Allowance is now available to eligible employees, primary producers and sole traders in the Fitzroy and Wide Bay-Burnett districts. Tropical Cyclone Marcia has affected many individuals, including people’s ability to earn a living.  The Disaster Recovery Allowance is designed to provide a helping hand to those who have lost income as a result of this devastating event so they can get back on their feet.

25 February 2015

  • The appointment of Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC has been extended to the end of 2015. The Government is pleased Professor Chubb has agreed to continue as Australia’s Chief Scientist until the end of the year to continue his important work in advising on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which is a priority under the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.

  • This week I go to New Zealand for the annual Australia-New Zealand leaders’ meeting. Australia and New Zealand are family thanks to shared history, deep integration and the ability to work seamlessly together. On 27-28 February, Prime Minister John Key and I will discuss a range of bilateral and international issues, including combating terrorism, foreign fighters and the situation in Iraq.

  • The Commonwealth Government will take action to strengthen Australia’s foreign investment framework for residential real estate and agriculture. Australia’s foreign investment policy for residential real estate is designed to increase Australia’s housing stock.  This policy remains appropriate, but a lack of compliance and enforcement of the rules over recent years is threatening the integrity of the framework. We need to make sure that all foreign investors are following the rules, and that those foreig investors who break the rules are not able to profit from breaking the law.  

23 February 2015

  • The Government has released the Review of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Machinery today. The Review found that Australia has entered a new, long-term era of heightened terrorism threat, with a much more significant ‘home grown’ element. It assesses that the terrorist threat in Australia is rising.  On all metrics, the threat to Australia is worsening.  The number of foreign fighters is increasing, the number of known sympathisers and supporters of extremists is increasing, and the number of potential terrorists, including many who live in our midst, is rising as well. 

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