I acknowledge and thank Senator Chris Back for his eight years of dedicated service representing the people of Western Australia.
This budget delivers that. Increasing the Medicare levy by 0.5 per cent from 2019 will ensure that the Commonwealth share of the NDIS is fully funded.
Tom Elliott: Joining us on the line is the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Turnbull, good afternoon.
Kylie Gillies: Welcome to the show Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Australia I convey my condolences on the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
In Dr Kohl's 16 years as Chancellor of Germany he was central in shaping not only the Germany we see today, but modern Europe.
Chancellor Kohl, in overseeing reunification, laid the foundations for a strong and united Germany.
He was the driving force behind the adoption of a common European currency and cemented Germany’s partnership with France.
His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, has agreed to represent Australia at the funeral service of the President of Vanuatu.
The Governor-General will depart Australia tomorrow afternoon. The funeral will be held in Port Vila on Wednesday.
His Excellency Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale served the people of Vanuatu with dignity and humility.
The Turnbull Government is taking immediate action to put downward pressure on power prices and ensure reliable energy for all Australians.
We are taking immediate action to put downward pressure on power prices and ensure reliable and secure energy for all Australians.
What we’ve delivered now for the first time in the history of the Commonwealth is consistent, national, transparent, needs-based funding.
What we’ve delivered here is one of the biggest reforms - I would say - at the federal level, the biggest reform to education in our nation’s history.
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
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