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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP


14 September 2014

  • The Government is preparing to contribute to an international coalition to counter the ISIL terrorist threat. The Australian Defence Force will prepare and deploy to the United Arab Emirates up to eight Royal Australian Air Force F/A18 combat aircraft; an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft; and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker and Transport aircraft. In addition, the Australian Defence Force will prepare a Special Operations Task Group as military advisers that could assist Iraqi and other security forces that are taking the fight to the ISIL terrorists.

12 September 2014

  • The first issues paper to inform the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation was released today. Since Federation, the Commonwealth Government’s role has increasingly overlapped with activity which is traditionally the responsibility of the States and Territories. Sometimes, this has been necessary. Sometimes, this overlap has seen reduced accountability to voters, duplication of activities and blame-shifting.

  • Based on advice from security and intelligence agencies, the Government has raised the National Terrorism Public Alert level from Medium to High. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) independently determines the threat level. The advice is not based on knowledge of a specific attack plan but rather a body of evidence that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack in Australia.

11 September 2014

  • I will visit New York on 24 and 25 September to participate in a high-level meeting of the United Nations Security Council convened by US President Obama to address the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

  • The Government is determined to detect and disrupt terrorism financing in Australia and take action against people who provide support to terrorist organisations. As part of the Government’s $630 million counter-terrorism package, $20 million has been provided to AUSTRAC to improve detection and disruption of terrorism financing. Terrorist groups need both material and financial support to carry out their operations.

09 September 2014

  • The Government welcomes the findings of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) preliminary report on the cause of the MH17 crash. It is the first official account of the downing of MH17. The ICAO’s preliminary findings make clear that the tragic downing of MH17 was not due to aircraft malfunction or pilot error. Instead it was penetrated by a large number of high energy objects from outside the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up. The findings are consistent with the Government’s statement that MH17 was shot down by a large surface-to-air missile.

08 September 2014

  • I congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the impending birth of their second child. It is an exciting time in any young family’s life. People across the country were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess and young Prince George to our shores earlier this year.

  • The Commonwealth Government will invest $200 million each year to establish a new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to lift apprenticeship completion rates. The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will give young Australians the best opportunity to get a job and provide employers with the skilled and productive employees they need to grow their business.

  • The Australian Government is investing in two new innovative training programmes to enable young job seekers in regional communities to successfully get a job and provide employers the skilled employees they need to grow their business. The Government will invest $38 million to deliver the Training for Employment Scholarship programme to assist employers in regional areas where youth unemployment is high to provide job specific training for new employees.

05 September 2014

  • The Australian Government will provide $20 million over the next four years to support scientific collaboration between Australian and Indian scientists.The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) has supported more than 220 joint scientific projects in areas of key importance to both countries including agricultural research, biomedical devices and implants, nanotechnology and vaccines.


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