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An economic agenda for a reforming go...

An economic agenda for a reforming government

Ladies and gentlemen, as our host today is the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, I should acknowledge the extraordinary contribution to Australia that Jewish people have made. Australia is the only country in the world, outside of Israel, where Jewish people have been Chief Justice, Commander in Chief of the Army, and Head of State. […]

Address to American Australian Associ...

Address to American Australian Association Benefit Dinner

E&OE… Friends of Australia, Friends of the United States. Recently I came across an old newspaper clipping, the Canberra Times, 9th of January 1940. Sir Robert Menzies, then Prime Minister, had a nnounced that Richard Casey would be Australia’s first Ambassador to the United States. According to the report, President Roosevelt had reciprocated and the […]

Parliamentary Friends of Red Cross Au...

Parliamentary Friends of Red Cross Australia Appeal Launch

Good morning I’m delighted to be here with Tanya Plibersek, with the head of Red Cross Robert Tickner and friends of Red Cross Australia. We are here, fortunately inside and not outside, on a crisp Canberra morning to pledge our support for Australian Red Cross, to congratulate the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Red Cross on […]

Reception in honour of 2013 WA Fulbri...

Reception in honour of 2013 WA Fulbright Scholars

Julie recently addressed a reception in honour of the 2013 Fulbright Scholars at UWA and met WA’s outstanding recipients Roxanne Moore, Dr Tiago Tomaz and Rebecca Smith. The Fulbright Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world. Since its establishment in Australia in 1949 more than 4700 scholarships have been […]

Tony Abbott – Address to the Vi...

Tony Abbott – Address to the Victorian Liberal Party State Council (transcript)

Ladies and gentlemen, it is marvellous to be here in Melbourne. It’s great to be here before the Victorian Liberal Party. It’s particularly good that my interstate colleagues, my federal parliamentary colleagues from other states are here in such numbers this morning. Obviously Julie Bishop, our Deputy Leader, Joe Hockey the Shadow Treasurer, Eric Abetz, […]

Tony Abbott Interview (Joint Doorstop...

Tony Abbott Interview (Joint Doorstop)

TONY ABBOTT: It’s terrific to be here at Adelaide Ice. I’d like to thank Michael Goonan and his staff for making myself and Nigel McKenna, our candidate for Port Adelaide, so welcome. This is another very iconic Australian business which is going to be badly damaged by the carbon tax; is being badly damaged by […]

Address to Western Pacific Diabetes D...

Address to Western Pacific Diabetes Declaration Launch

Distinguished guests from the International Federation, representatives from Diabetes Australia and my parliamentary colleagues, in particular Richard Marles Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Pacific Affairs. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to show my support on behalf of the Coalition for the Western Pacific Region Diabetes Declaration Action Plan for 2012-2015. For over three […]

Lessons from Cyprus

Lessons from Cyprus

Written by Julie Bishop There is an old saying that it only takes one shot to start a war. While technically correct, this ignores the build-up – a failure of diplomacy, increasing tensions, months or years of military escalation and a collapse of trust in the opposing government or military force – that ultimately leads […]

Labor’s Child Care Chaos Contin...

Labor’s Child Care Chaos Continues

Labor has no real, coherent plan for child care as evidenced by five years of inaction. Only the Coalition has a plan for more affordable, accessible and flexible child care. Haphazard policy is really a hallmark of this Government.  We have seen further evidence of this today with the Minister for Child Care’s announcement on […]

More Labor Lies

More Labor Lies

Wayne Swan’s tricky relationship with the truth continues. He claims that families in Western Sydney will be worse off under a Coalition Government. The reality is the opposite. Families across Australia will be better off under the Coalition. Our Real Solutions plans will ease cost of living pressures on Australian families. Families will be better off because we […]

Curtin electorate

Curtin electorate

To mark the historic passing of the Act of Recognition today I take this opportunity to highlight the positive work young people in my electorate are doing to promote reconciliation. Last week in Canberra I met with the founder and CEO of ICEA Foundation (Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness), Lockie Cooke from Mosman Park. Lockie […]

Nedlands research hub set for complet...

Nedlands research hub set for completion in 2013

A state of the art medical research facility made possible by funding from the former Howard Government is on track for completion later this year. Tony Abbott, the Health Minister at the time, approved the $50m contribution to the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research project in the 2007/08 budget. Curtin MP Julie Bishop met with […]

Australian Gaming Clubs – Where...

Australian Gaming Clubs – Where Are They Headed?

Source: More than 100-years ago, Australian settlers began betting on horse races. Since then, harness racing, lotteries and greyhound racing have become Australian’s most popular gambling venues. In 1972, Australia opened its first casinos and introduced the population to gaming machines. The slot machines (pokies) and poker machines generated approximately 65-percent of all gaming […]

Foreign policy in 2013: Carr vs Bisho...

Foreign policy in 2013: Carr vs Bishop

Foreign policy has been thrown into the spotlight as Australia takes up its seat on the United Nations Security Council. The federal government says the two-year mandate shows Australia is a trusted member of the international community, and will make Australians proud. But as Australia enters a federal election year, the Opposition argues the government has […]

Time for Government to Stop Defence C...

Time for Government to Stop Defence Cuts

With the New Year upon us and less than five months until the next federal budget, now is the time the Gillard Government must categorically rule out any further cuts to the already plundered Defence budget. Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Technology and Personnel, Stuart Robert, said with Defence spending as a percentage of GDP […]

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