Thank you Pat and Mark and all of the Council for the report. We are very pleased to receive it after 18 months of your work. We’re not here of course to make a decision. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss with you the recommendation that you’ve made.

I warmly welcome the Governor-General’s approval of my recommendation that John Key be appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia. 

This is the highest Australian honour.

The Governor-General will invest John with the insignia of his appointment at a ceremony at Government House in Canberra tomorrow afternoon.

We are pleased to release the Final Report of the Referendum Council, a body established in 2015 to provide guidance on constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

This is an issue of importance to all Australians, and one that deserves careful and thorough consideration.

Today is another important step on the path to constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The Turnbull Government will undertake the most significant reform of Australia’s national intelligence and domestic security arrangements in more than 40 years.

The reforms will restructure and strengthen Australia’s Intelligence Community, establish a Home Affairs portfolio and enhance the Attorney-General’s oversight of Australia’s intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies.


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