This week, most attention has been focused on Barnaby Joyce and his conduct. There has been a lot of discussion about whether he complied with ministerial standards.
Now gender equality is not just an issue for women. It’s the responsibility of everybody, here and around the world. And it begins at the very start. All of us have an obligation as parents and grandparents to make sure that we bring up our children to respect and honour the women in their lives.
We are really changing Australia for the better and in doing so we are respecting the women and children that we love, the women and children that represent more than half of Australia, that we should protect.
The tenth Closing the Gap report is the most promising snapshot since 2011 - with three of the seven targets on track to be met including the target to halve child mortality.
Today, Mr Speaker, we meet on Ngunnawal land. We acknowledge and pay our respects to Ngunnawal elders past and present. We pay our deepest respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people here today and right across our nation.
Since we set targets for our Indigenous procurement policy, in 2015 – and we’re here with its author Minister Nigel Scullion – I’m pleased to announce that Indigenous businesses have now won over $1 billion in government contracts.
A question for Mr McGowan, you’re the only Labor leader so far who has signed up to the health deal, was that decision in any way driven by knowledge that you may be getting some more GST soon?
Well thank you all very much. We’ve had a very, very productive COAG meeting. The 45th meeting of the council of Australian Governments.
Today the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian Governments reiterated their intention to progress the divestment of NSW and Victoria’s shares in Snowy Hydro to the Commonwealth.
I want to thank everyone for coming to this 45th meeting of the Council of Australian Governments and especially to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives of the Special Gathering.
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
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