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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
  • Lone Pine Address

    The men whose names are carved into this memorial, were the hope of their day; just as you young people, who are gathered here right now, are the hope of ours. To us, they are Anzacs; but in their day, they were fathers, sons, parents, children, cousins and mates – just as you are now.

  • 2015 Dawn Service, Gallipoli

    It’s one hundred years since Australians and New Zealanders splashed out of the sea, right here. So now we gather in the cold and dark before dawn; wondering what to say and how to honour those whose bones rest in the hills and the valleys above us, and whose spirit has moved our people for a century.

  • No jab - no play and no pay for child care

    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.

  • Richie Benaud OBE

    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.

  • Australia to contribute to the Building Partner Capacity mission in Iraq

    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.


  • 04 May 2015 | Media release
    On behalf of the Government and the people of Australia, a gift will be dispatched to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark the birth of the new princess. A cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool has been sourced from Launceston’s renowned Waverley Woollen Mills. The blanket will be embroidered with the Australian floral emblem, the wattle, by members of the ACT Embroiderers’ Guild. In honour of the birth of the princess, the Government will also contribute $10,000 to the Healesville Sanctuary, part of Zoos Victoria, to support the important work it is doing for the Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus).
  • 04 May 2015 | Transcript
    It’s terrific to be here at Border Protection Command with Minister Dutton and with General Bottrell, the new Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders. As you know, Operation Sovereign Borders has been remarkably successful, but we never take success for granted and the only way the boats will stay stopped is through constant vigilance and that’s what we will have, particularly when Immigration and Border Protection morphs into Australian Border Force in the middle of the year.
  • 04 May 2015 | Media release
    The ongoing success of Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) and its flow-on effects will deliver savings measures of more than $500 million in the 2015-16 Budget. OSB has halted the flood of Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) that were continually filling detention centres across Australia under Labor. It has allowed the Coalition Government to empty and close many of the 17 additional detention centres opened by the Rudd and Gillard Governments at great cost to the nation between 2008 and 2012.
  • 03 May 2015 | Transcript
    This is an important announcement – $840 million over two years – to ensure that the guarantee of universal preschool access continues. It’s very important that as many young Australians as possible don't just go to childcare but they have preschool as well and that’s what this money is guaranteeing. This is a Government which is committed to families.