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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
  • Building Partner Capacity in Iraq

    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 Australian contribution would include around 300 ADF personnel centred on a training team. The force would also comprise a substantial force protection element along with command and support elements.

  • Tropical Cyclone Marcia

    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.

  • Data Retention Legislation

    I want to say thank you to you, Commissioner, and thank you to all of the AFP staff this morning for the briefing that you provided to the Minister and myself on metadata and its importance in fighting crime, whether it be child abuse, whether it be terrorism, whether it be fraud, drug importation. Whatever it is, metadata is vitally important – absolutely critical.

  • Address to the National Press Club of Australia, Canberra

    At the outset I want to let all of you know that, as you would expect, over the summer, I’ve been talking to hundreds of Australians from all walks of life – in the street, on the beach, in cafes, even at the pub; and I’ve been talking with my colleagues.

    As every Australian agrees, to live here is to have won the lottery of life – because we are as free, fair and prosperous as any country on earth.

    But these are testing times for our country.

  • Remarks at the Australian of the Year Awards

    Well it's great to be here on this perfect Canberra evening and it's an honour to be in the company of Ben Robert-Smith and so many other great Australians.

    Tomorrow we will celebrate the ties that bind us, the values that sustain us and the history that has shaped us. But tonight, we usher in our national day of celebration by honouring the best in our people and the best of our people.

News

  • 30 March 2015 | Media release
    The Commonwealth Government will provide an additional 150 bursaries to help young carers further their education. The Young Carer Bursary Programme allows carers up to 25 years old to continue study or vocational training. These are exceptional Australians. The Abbott Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to further help them.
  • 30 March 2015 | Transcript
    Thanks, Eric, and it is very good to be here at Tasmanian Quality Meats, as Eric says, a great local business that's doing very, very well indeed and will do even better in the months and years ahead thanks to the free trade agreements that we've negotiated and thanks to our recent changes to the Freight Equalisation Scheme that will mean that goods moving beyond the Australian mainland will get access to this Scheme.
  • 29 March 2015 | Media release
    I congratulate Premier Baird and his Coalition team on an outstanding victory in the New South Wales state election. Mike is an extremely effective Premier with a vision for a stronger and more prosperous New South Wales. He is also a man of great integrity. Mike stayed the course in the face of a concerted scare campaign by Labor. This result is unambiguously good news for the Liberal Party and for the people of New South Wales. The re-election of a reforming government is also good news for Australia.
  • 29 March 2015 | Media release
    The Government is today announcing it intends to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which would allow Australia to participate (as a prospective founding member) in negotiations to set up the bank. The Government has discussed the AIIB extensively with China and other key partners inside and outside the region. Good progress has been made on the Bank’s design, governance and transparency over the past few months, but we still have issues that we will address through ongoing consultations.

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