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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

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05 August 2015

  • Major works are underway on the $896 million upgrade of the Torrens Road to River Torrens section of the North-South Corridor. This project will support 480 jobs a year during construction and boost the productive capacity of Adelaide’s transport network. The 3.7 kilometre upgrade will deliver a three kilometre section of non-stop roadway along one of the busiest sections of the North-South Corridor, significantly reducing congestion and delays. It also includes a two kilometre section of non-stop lowered motorway as well as an overpass for the Outer Harbor rail line.

04 August 2015

  • The Commonwealth Government is delivering a long-term plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. Over the next 20 years the Government will invest over $89 billion in ships and submarines for the Navy. This critical investment will generate significant economic growth and sustain several thousand Australian jobs over decades It is a key part of our commitment to a safe and secure Australia. The Government will implement a continuous build of surface warships in Australia. This means that Australia’s shipbuilding workforce will build Navy’s Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels. 

02 August 2015

  • The rules governing the parliamentary entitlements system need reform. Soon after taking office, this Government restricted access to family travel, stopped Members and Senators employing immediate family members and ended first class overseas travel. We also supported restoring the power of the Remuneration Tribunal to determine base salary. Despite this, some parliamentary travel has been inside entitlement but outside community expectations. The rules lack clarity and lack transparency. We need a system that is simple, effective and clear.

30 July 2015

  • Russia's veto of the United Nations Security Council resolution to establish a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the MH17 atrocity is outrageous. Two hundred and ninety eight innocent people, including 38 Australians, were murdered when the aircraft was shot down above Ukraine just over a year ago. By its actions today, Russia has shown complete disregard for the families' right to know who was responsible and to see these criminals face justice.

23 July 2015

  • Today COAG held its first special meeting on counter-terrorism in a decade. Prime Minister John Howard hosted the last counter-terrorism COAG in 2005. Today we agreed to – and released – Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy. This is a comprehensive long-term national counter-terrorism blueprint. The strategy sets out the counter-terrorism arrangements in place across Australia. It provides information to the community on the terrorist threat and what our governments are doing to counter it.

  • The nation’s leaders have taken the first steps towards major reform of Australia’s Federation. The Prime Minister, First Ministers from each State and Territory, and the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) gathered at Victoria Barracks in Sydney yesterday for an historic first  Leaders’ Retreat. Following presentations from the Expert Panel, the Leaders discussed the challenges facing Australia as we strive to deliver improved health services, new infrastructure, fair and affordable access to housing, training designed for real jobs and a school education system that helps Australian children stay ahead in a globally competitive world.

21 July 2015

  • It was with shock and sadness that I learnt of the sudden passing of Don Randall, the Federal Member for Canning. On behalf of the Government and the Liberal Party, I convey my condolences and deepest sympathies to Don’s wife Julie and their two children. Don was an outstanding local member. He was a passionate and persuasive advocate in Canberra and a hardworking community leader in Western Australia.

  • Australians will benefit from clearer, simpler information about where products come from. New country of origin food labels will begin to appear on supermarket shelves later this year. It is important to ensure consumers have the information they need to make informed choices about the products they buy. Australians have made it clear they want better country of origin labelling and the Government is determined to deliver it.

20 July 2015

  • Construction has begun on the King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade, 18 months ahead of schedule. The $130 million project will fix one of the city’s worst bottlenecks. More than 40,000 Sydney motorists will have their travel times slashed. This vital project is the first section of WestConnex Stage Two, which involves widening and extending the M5 motorway. Of the 100,000 motorists who use the M5 every day, nearly half get stuck at the King Georges Road interchange. The upgrade will cut travel times at the interchange by up to half, as well as alleviating delays along the M5 East and King Georges Road.

17 July 2015

  • Today, Australia remembers all those who lost their lives on Flight MH17. There were 298 innocent people on this aircraft and their deaths offend our sense of justice. We grieve for all, but particularly for the 40 victims who called Australia home, including 38 Australian citizens and residents. A National Memorial Service was held in the Great Hall at Parliament House to honour those who lost their lives and support those who have been bereaved.

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