The Turnbull Coalition will deliver $117.2 million to support frontline services addressing homelessness.

Around 85,000 people, particularly women and children affected by domestic violence and vulnerable young people, will be supported through 757 frontline services through the Transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

The agreement, which has been extended through until June 2018, will provide certainty while state and territory governments continue to work together on long-term homelessness reforms.

The Australian Government will change the law to make it a crime to breach personal protection injunctions issued by federal family courts. 

Police will have the authority to immediately charge offenders for a breach, instead of victims of family violence having to bring an application to the court.

This new offence sends a clear message that family violence is not a private matter – it is criminal.

The changes will also relieve victims from the cost of taking family law proceedings to enforce an injunction.

Australia’s first City Deal to grow Townsville’s economy and transform the city centre was signed today by the Prime Minister, Queensland Premier and Townsville Mayor.

The City Deal marks a new era for Townsville, enabled by all three levels of government coming together to secure the economic success of Townsville and its people.  The deal will deliver an integrated package of initiatives to make Townsville more attractive to investors, increase jobs and growth, and revitalise the city.

PRIME MINISTER:

…Well, that’s exactly right and in a great city, Townsville.

CR JENNY HILL, MAYOR OF TOWNSVILLE:

Thank you very much and I’m sure this will be the first of many good things to come out of the City Deals.

PRIME MINISTER:

PRIME MINISTER:

Welcome everyone. I want to thank the Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President of the Local Government Association for a very good discussion today. These meetings are often described as talks, but we've had a lot of delivery today, too. I want to acknowledge and thank the hard work of our officials who have put in the spade work before this meeting.

We've agreed to work together to deliver key reforms that will improve the outcomes for all Australians and show the national leadership they expect of us.

The Airport Plan for the Western Sydney Airport has been finalised.

Determining the Airport Plan authorises the construction and operation of Stage 1 of the proposed airport at Badgerys Creek.

After decades of studies and planning, all the approvals are now in place.

This is the most significant step taken by any Government on this project – meaning we can now get on with building the airport so it is ready to take its first passengers by the mid-2020’s.

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