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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
  • New measures to strengthen Australian citizenship

    The Commonwealth Government intends to update the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 so dual nationals who engage in terrorism can lose their citizenship.

    The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection will be able to exercise these powers in the national interest where a dual citizen betrays our country by participating in serious terrorist-related activities.

    The new powers will apply to dual citizens who fight with or support groups such as ISIL, or Daesh, as well as so-called ‘lone wolves’, whether in Australia or on foreign soil.

  • Stronger counter-terrorism arrangements

    The Commonwealth Government is strengthening Australia’s counter-terrorism arrangements.

    The Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan MP, will take on a new role as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism.

    As part of these new arrangements, Minister Keenan will be assisted by Mr Greg Moriarty in the new position of Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator – leading a new counter-terrorism coordination office within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

  • Parliamentary Statement - Offer to bring our Vietnam fallen home

    On the 100th anniversary of the landing at ANZAC Cove, thousands of Australians made the journey to Gallipoli.

    The descendants of the fallen, as well as strangers, walked among the graves, read the epitaphs and touched the walls of granite where the names of the missing are inscribed.

     In both world wars and in Korea, our dead lie close to where they fell.

  • Growing Jobs and Small Business package

    The 2015 Budget is the next step in the Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians.

    This Budget is about building jobs, growth and opportunity and providing a credible path to surplus.

    The new $5.5 billion Growing Jobs and Small Business package will help small businesses invest more, grow more, and employ more.

  • Jobs for Families child care package delivers choice for families

    The Government’s $3.5 billion Jobs for Families child care package will provide greater choice for more than 1.2 million families by delivering a simpler, more affordable, more flexible, and more accessible child care system.

    The Government will establish a new and simpler Child Care Subsidy from 1 July 2017.

News

  • 26 May 2015 | Media release
    The Commonwealth Government has announced new national Science and Research Priorities to ensure our high performing science, research and innovation system delivers maximum benefit. The nine cross-disciplinary priorities are food, soil and water, transport, cybersecurity, energy, resources, advanced manufacturing, environmental change and health. The priorities will help our world-class science and research efforts to reflect the needs of industry, the national economy and the community.
  • 26 May 2015 | Media release
    The Commonwealth Government intends to update the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 so dual nationals who engage in terrorism can lose their citizenship. The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection will be able to exercise these powers in the national interest where a dual citizen betrays our country by participating in serious terrorist-related activities. The new powers will apply to dual citizens who fight with or support groups such as ISIL, or Daesh, as well as so-called ‘lone wolves’, whether in Australia or on foreign soil.
  • 25 May 2015 | Transcript
    As you know, Australia currently faces a very serious terror threat and has faced a serious terror threat for quite some time. Since the terror level was raised to High in September of last year, we’ve had two terrorist incidents and we’ve had six attacks disrupted. Unfortunately, the numbers of Australians fighting with various terrorist groups in the Middle East is going up all the time – there’s now at least 100. The number of Australians actively supporting the death cult and other terrorist groups in the Middle East here at home is going up all the time – there’s now at least 150. ASIO, our domestic intelligence organisation, has got some 400 high priority anti-terrorist investigations in train at this time.
  • 25 May 2015 | Media release
    The Commonwealth Government is strengthening Australia’s counter-terrorism arrangements. The Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan MP, will take on a new role as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism. As part of these new arrangements, Minister Keenan will be assisted by Mr Greg Moriarty in the new position of Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator – leading a new counter-terrorism coordination office within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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