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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
  • 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.

  • Australia Day Message

    Australia Day Message

    Today, across Australia, at BBQs, citizenship ceremonies and community events, we will celebrate everything that is good about our country.

    Australia Day celebrates the ties that bind us, the values that sustain us and the nation that we have become.

    Modern Australia has an Aboriginal heritage, a British foundation and a multicultural character.


  • 02 March 2015 | Speech
    Thanks for your hard work. We are delivering for the people of Australia, we are working hard for the people of Australia and that’s exactly what they want of us. Just in the last week we’ve announced some improvements to national security; we’ve flagged progress in welfare reform, in childcare reform; we’ve flagged improvements to food labelling and we’ve also announced a crackdown on illegal foreign investment in Australia. Of course, last week, as well, we announced some important benefits to the people who were hit by the cyclone in Queensland.
  • 01 March 2015 | Transcript
    Thanks Ann, and it is terrific to be here at The Farm, an iconic surfing spot and a beautiful piece of God’s own country. So, really good to be here with the local member. Great to be here with the Green Army team on Clean Up Australia Day. This is the 25th annual Clean Up Australia Day. So many Australians are doing something for their country today. Last year some half a million Australians went out for Clean Up Australia Day, they went to seven thousand sites, they collected some 15,000 tonnes of rubbish and I would expect a comparable  result today.
  • 28 February 2015 | Transcript
    John, thanks so much. It is, as always, a delight to be with you and it is a pleasure to be here in New Zealand. I've often said that Australia and New Zealand are like family. Yes, we are juridically independent countries but we have an extraordinary close and intimate partnership in so many areas.
  • 28 February 2015 | Media release
    Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship.