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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.


  • 27 March 2015 | Transcript
    It’s great to be here in Burnie in beautiful Tasmania with my friends and colleagues, the Local member, Brett Whiteley, and also my fellow Pollie Pedal rider, the Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson. This is the start of the 18th annual Pollie Pedal bike ride. It’s something which has been an important part of my life and political personality over the last 18 years. It's a great chance for Members of Parliament to get out of their comfort zone, to see parts of Australia that senior politicians don't normally get to and to raise money for a very, very good cause.
  • 27 March 2015 | Media release
    The Abbott Government will deliver funding certainty to the families of children with autism who access early intervention services across Australia. Funding is being extended to six autism-specific centres that employ an innovative early intervention model. The Government will extend funding for the six Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centres (ASELCCs) until the end of 2015, and will also develop new, individualised funding agreements with each centre for the next three years to the end of 2018. The investment in the new three year agreements is estimated to be more than $16 million dollars.
  • 26 March 2015 | Transcript
    Today it is my honour and privilege to announce the new Chiefs of Army and of Air Force, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell DSC, AM will take up his role as Chief of Army from 16 May and Air Vice Marshal Gavin Davies AO, CSC will take up his new role as Chief of the Air Force from 4 July and he will also be promoted to Air Marshal. General Campbell is probably reasonably familiar to you as the head of Operation Sovereign Borders over the last couple of years and he has done exceptional work in this very difficult job. Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Davies has obviously been a pilot of distinction. He has had, more recently, a series of senior commands including senior roles in our air operations in the Middle East. So, I think we are very lucky to have two outstanding officers taking on these vital roles in our Defence Force.
  • 26 March 2015 | Media release
    The Governor-General has approved the appointments of the next Chief of the Army and Chief of the Air Force. Lieutenant General Angus Campbell DSC, AM will be appointed Chief of the Army on 16 May 2015 and Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Davies AO, CSC – on promotion to Air Marshal – will be appointed Chief of the Air Force on 4 July 2015. Lieutenant General Campbell and Air Marshal Davies will each bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles.