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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
  • 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.

  • Remarks at BBQ Lunch with ADF personnel

    It is a real honour for me to be here at this time.

    I am incredibly proud of you and your work.

    I think every Australian is proud of you and your work.

  • Remarks at Joint Press Statement with the Iraqi Prime Minister

    It is an honour to be here in Baghdad with Prime Minister Al-Abadi.

    It is an honour to be able to say thank you to the Australian armed forces personnel who have been helping the government and the people of Iraq in the struggle against the Daesh death cult which now holds sway over much of Eastern Syria and significant parts of Northern Iraq.

    This is an important struggle.

  • New Year Message

    Right around the world, Australia is seen as a beacon of hope and opportunity.

    To be an Australian is to win the lottery of life and this is the foundation of our optimism as we enter 2015.

    We should feel confident about our country and its prospects and while 2014 had its challenges, much was achieved.


  • 26 January 2015 | Media release
    I was very pleased to meet with Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, in Canberra today. That we met on Australia Day reflects the close and enduring partnership between the two countries. It is also significant that we met so early in the year which mark’s PNG’s fortieth anniversary of independence. Prime Minister O’Neill and I discussed a range of important bilateral and regional issues, noting that our economic links continue to expand.
  • 26 January 2015 | Transcript
    It’s good to be here on Australia Day in our nation’s capital. I can’t think of a better place to be than on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin with our national parliament in the background. So, good to be here. For 364 days of the year we can strive to make our country better but for this one day of the year we can celebrate everything that we have achieved and it is great to be doing that today.
  • 26 January 2015 | Media release
    Australia mourns the passing of The Honourable Tom Uren AC. He was a prisoner of war, a parliamentarian, a minister, a deputy leader of his party and served our country throughout his adult life. He was an aspiring boxer and outstanding athlete who joined the army at the age of 20 and deployed to Timor. He spent his 21st birthday – and the following three – as a prisoner of war. He suffered the brutality of the Burma-Thai Railway and he witnessed from afar the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Despite these experiences, he rejected hatred.
  • 26 January 2015 | Speech
    Today, we celebrate all that is good in our country. We acknowledge the finest citizens and the greatest servants of the country we believe to be a beacon of hope and optimism in a troubled world. I congratulate all who are honoured today by awards in the Order of Australia. I particularly acknowledge Prince Philip for his long life of duty and service. And I salute Sir Angus Houston, who has always called it for Australia. I salute the Australians of the Year – announced yesterday. Juliette Wright our local hero, Drisana Levitzke-Gray our Young Australian of the Year, Jackie French, our Senior Australian of the Year and especially Rosie Batty, our Australian of the Year.