UNCLASSIFIED

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

Scott Morrison

MEDIA STATEMENT

Friday 28 June 2019

RETIREMENT OF THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL

This week is Sir Peter Cosgrove’s last as Australia’s 26th Governor-General.

On behalf of the Government and people of Australia I thank Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove for their service over the last five years.

Sir Peter has been one of our most approachable Governors-General.

Australians from all walks of life felt like they knew this Governor-General. It didn’t matter if it was a palace or a pub, Sir Peter would shake your hand, look you in the eye and start a conversation.

Sir Peter concludes a lifetime of public service to Australia.

He commenced his studies at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1965 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1968. He led the INTERFET peacekeeping mission to East Timor in 1999 and rose to Chief of the Defence Force in 2002. General Cosgrove retired from the ADF in 2005 after 40 years’ service.

Sir Peter has always taken an active role in supporting, encouraging and engaging with the men and women of the Australian Defence Force.

General Cosgrove’s initial retirement in 2005 was interrupted with a request to oversee the rebuilding after Cyclone Larry, as well as various community and business appointments, and culminated in him being asked to be Governor-General in 2014. 

For the past five years, Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove have served Australia with distinction.  

Over the course of his time as Governor-General, Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove visited over 200 local communities across Australia. One third of all their activities have been in regional and rural communities. They have even visited inmates in our prison system.

Their Excellencies have made a particular effort to engage with young Australians. Last year, 25,000 school students visited Government House and most had the opportunity to ask questions of the Governor-General. Sir Peter is the first Governor-General to regularly Skype with classes in remote schools.

Australia is grateful for their commitment to our country over a lifetime.

Jen and I wish them a long, happy and uninterrupted retirement.

[ENDS]

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UNCLASSIFIED

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

MEDIA RELEASE

Sunday, 26 May 2019

MINISTRY

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Australians have re-elected our Government to get back to work and get on with the job of delivering for all Australians as they go about their own lives, pursuing their goals and aspirations for themselves, their families and their communities.

 

My Government’s new Ministry brings together the experience and stability of service in key portfolios, while bringing in new members that will add their own experience, skills and passion to the job ahead.

My new Ministry will be tasked with delivering our commitments to:

  1. Create 1.25 million more jobs over thenext five years
  2. Maintain budget surpluses and pay down debt
  3. Deliver tax relief for families and small businesses
  4. Guarantee increased funding for schools, hospitals, medicines and roads
  5. Keep Australians safe, including online, and keeping our borders secure

The Ministry maintains record representation of women in the Cabinet, including Australia’s first female Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie, while Marise Payne adds the role of Minister for Women to her responsibilities as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Australia will have its first Indigenous Cabinet Minister in Ken Wyatt as Minister for Indigenous Australians. Ken will be supported by a new National Indigenous Australians Agency, attached to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

A key focus for all of my Ministers and their Departments will be lifting performance on government service delivery. This will include congestion busting on regulatory and bureaucratic roadblocks, making better use of technology and better integrating service delivery across portfolios. The goal is to make it easier to deal with and access the Government services Australians rely on. Ben Morton be Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Stuart Robert joins the Cabinet as Minister for the National Disability and Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Minister for Government Services. A new Services Australia agency will be established, along the lines of Services NSW, to drive greater efficiencies and integration of Government service delivery and making best use of technology and digital applications.

Top of the list for improving services will be ensuring we deliver on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, working to our goal of the NDIS supporting 500,000 Australians by 2024/25. The NDIS is a major social reform and there is much work to do to improve the delivery of these services on the ground.

Our economic team will be led by Josh Frydenberg as Treasurer and Mathias Cormann as Minister for Finance; delivering Australia’s first Budget surplus in 12 years and tax relief for hard-working Australians and their families.

They will be supported by Michaelia Cash as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business in fulfilling our pledge to create 1.25 million more jobs over the next five years and will be supported by Steve Irons as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships. Christian Porter will take on the role of Minister for Industrial Relations in addition to his duties as Attorney-General, to create fairer workplaces and enforce the rule of law through the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

The Deputy Prime Minister will continue in his role delivering our $100 billion National Infrastructure Programme, including the National Water Grid, supported by Alan Tudge, who has been promoted to Cabinet, to continue his work of congestion busting in our cities and implementing our plan for Australia’s future population.

The economic team will also be supported by Michael Sukkar as Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing to implement our First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, as well as more affordable housing and Jane Hume taking to the role of Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology.

Karen Andrews, as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology will work closely with industry stakeholders to create more and better paid jobs in traditional and emerging industries, and to continue championing science, technology, engineering and mathematics as key career paths for women.

As the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt will be focused on delivering our Closing the Gap refresh, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the states and territories.

As the National Broadband Network nears full roll out and social media becomes an even more prominent front in the fight to keep Australians safe, Paul Fletcher, as Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts brings extensive experience and insight to the task.

In social policy, Anne Ruston has been elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Family and Social Services and Luke Howarth as Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services.

As Minister for Health, Greg Hunt will lead the charge on mental health, in particular combating youth suicide. In coming months he will lead an implementation forum of the nation’s experts to deliver on the government’s youth and Indigenous mental health initiatives.

I will also appoint a Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and a Minister for Youth and Sport in Richard Colbeck who will ensure there is a strong voice for the issues facing younger and older Australians, particularly as the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety continues.

Dan Tehan, as Minister for Education, will have a laserlike focus on boosting the outcomes of Australian students, working closely with early childhood educators, states, territories and tertiary education providers.

Australia’s regions have suffered through fire and flood in recent months and David Littleproud as Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disasters and Emergency Management will serve as an important voice for our regional communities at the Cabinet table. Matt Canavan as Minister for Resources and Northern Australia will continue our government’s work to support our mining and resources industries and help develop Northern Australia.

Our experienced foreign affairs and national security Ministers in Marise Payne as Minister for Foreign Affairs, former Army Reserves Brigadier Linda Reynolds as Minister for Defence, Peter Dutton as Minister for Home Affairs and Simon Birmingham as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment will help guide our country through the uncertain times and global economic headwinds. They will be supported by Alex Hawke as Minister for International Development and the Pacific and Assistant Minister for Defence helping drive our Pacific ‘step up’ agenda.

Sussan Ley will return to Cabinet as Minister for the Environment with a focus on practical and local environmental outcomes as well as waste reduction and recycling, assisted by Trevor Evans. Angus Taylor will continue as Minister for Energy and his portfolio will take on Emissions Reduction to ensure we have a strong focus on lowering Australians’ power bills and meeting our 2030 emissions targets. Warren Entsch will also serve as Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef.

After consulting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, I intend to recommend to the Governor-General that Arthur Sinodinos be appointed Australia’s next Ambassador to the United States of America and I intend to recommend to the Governor-General that Mitch Fifield be appointed our next Ambassador to the United Nations. They would be exceptional representatives of Australia and our country’s interests abroad. Both Senators have made enormous contributions in their public service and were given the opportunity to continue their service in the Ministry and Cabinet.

My Government has a significant agenda to deliver and we are ready to get back to business. I have high expectations of my Ministry and clear goals for each of their roles.

It is important for the future of our country that we meet those goals and deliver for Australia.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

 THE HON GREG HUNT MP

Minister for Health

 JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday, 2 May 2019

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A strong economy provides millions of Australians cheaper and free medicine

A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $308 million to cut the cost of life changing prescription medicines for over 1.4 million Australians with chronic conditions who require multiple medicines.

This will help Australians suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, asthma, diabetes and cancer.

From 1 January 2020 the threshold to receive free or further discounted medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will be lowered by 12 scripts for pensioners and concession card holders and the equivalent of 2 scripts for non-concession card holders.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said pensioners and families would qualify much sooner for free or further discounted PBS medicines.

“This change will save patients up to $80 per year but more importantly it means over one million Australians will be able to access free medicine even quicker,” Mr Morrison said.

“Families who require multiple medicines per month and pensioners with multiple chronic conditions will get the most benefit.

“Our strong economic management means we are providing Australian patients with access to life-saving and life-changing medicines quicker than ever before.”

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the PBS covered over five thousand brands of medicines, which without subsidy could cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for patients.

“Through our subsidy of PBS medicines the cost has been reduced on average by 89 per cent,” Mr Hunt said.

“We have a clear policy to list every new medicine on the PBS recommended by the independent experts the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, in stark contrast to Labor.

“Since 2013 we have made over 2000 new medicines listings on the PBS through an investment of over $10.6 billion.

“Labor never decreased the safety net when they were in Government and they stopped listing medicines on the PBS.”

In 2011 when, the current leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten was Assistant Treasurer, Labor took the unprecedented step of stopping the listing of new medicines on the PBS.

Labor’s 2011-12 Budget stated “given the current fiscal environment the listing of some medicines would be deferred until fiscal circumstances permit”[1]. This included medicines for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, endometriosis and IVF amongst others. A strong economy ensures that the Morrison Government is able to invest in essential health services.

Recent new PBS listings for lung cancer were costing patients $88,000 per year, cystic fibrosis $250,000 a year and arthritis over $16,000 per year.

Through the PBS Australian patients access medicines for $6.50 per script for concession card holders or $40.30 per script for general patients in 2019.

The Morrison Government’s plan for Strengthening Australia’s World-Class Health System is providing Australians with access to quality medical care, record hospital funding, affordable life-changing medicines and breakthrough research for new drugs and treatments.

Medicare funding is at record levels. Almost nine out of 10 Australians who visit the doctor have no out of pocket costs with GP bulk billing rates at a record 86 per cent, up from 82 per cent under Labor.

Hospital funding is up 60 per cent since Labor left office in 2013 and the Morrison Government is providing an additional $31 billion for hospitals from 2020-21 to 2024-25 to employ more nurses, doctors and specialists, delivering – in partnership with the states and territories – more surgeries and medical services.

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[1] 2011-12 Health Portfolio Budget Statement, outcome 2, page 121,http://www.health.gov.au/internet/budget/publishing.nsf/Content/2011-2012_Health_PBS

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

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More support for older Australians

The Morrison Government will continue to prioritise better support for older Australians by investing in a new targeted research centre, funding a new program to combat loneliness while ensuring the aged care workforce meets growing demand in the future.

$34 million will be provided to establish a new Aged Care Workforce Research Centre, which will examine new ways to deliver care for older Australians and training and education for aged care providers, drawing on the world’s best practice.  

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said older Australians deserve our support.

“Older Australians have built our country and they deserve our respect and support for the choices they want to make.

“This funding will deliver better support and care for older Australians, while ensuring we build the workforce to meet the demands of an aging population.

“As a nation we must continue to support our older Australians and I remain absolutely committed to doing more.

“A strong economy means we can make these important decisions and invest in the essential services Australians rely on – without higher taxes.”

For some older Australians, retirement brings new challenges and stresses and sometimes that can lead to social isolation and loneliness, with a third of all seniors living alone.

A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $10 million to develop a Seniors Connected Program to address the silent battle of loneliness that thousands of older Australians live with every day.

The program will work with local community groups, including schools and sporting clubs, as well as with grassroots organisations dedicated to supporting older Australians.

Funding will boost support for organisations like the Friends for Good phone service, which offers support services outside normal business hours and on weekends, while also expanding Village Hub projects across the country.

Today more than 1.3 million Australians access or use some form of aged care, with that number expected to grow to an estimated 3.5 million Australians by 2050. This will have a profound impact on the demand for skilled workers within the aged care sector.

A re-elected Morrison Government will prioritise the growth area of aged care with the goal of reaching 475,000 aged care workers in Australia by 2025, with significant growth projected in personal care workers, nurses, support staff and allied health professionals.

Aged care will be the first sector where a pilot program will be undertaken under the Morrison Government’s $41.7 million Skills Organisations package to support future jobs growth.

The Morrison Government will expand the Community Visitors Scheme which aims to improve the quality of life of residents of aged care homes and consumers of home care packages who are socially isolated or lonely and would benefit from a friendly visitor.

The Scheme helps to establish links between people living in aged care homes and their local community. It can act as a vehicle for intergenerational connection, providing young Australians with the opportunity to talk with and learn from older Australians.   

Part of the Seniors Connected Program will encourage volunteering activity by Australia’s seniors. Many senior Australians choose to volunteer because they still have so much to contribute to the community. Volunteering offers connection and a sense of purpose. 

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THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

 THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

 JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

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New projects to get Queenslanders home sooner and safer

The Morrison Government will fund thirteen new congestion-busting projects across South-East Queensland with a further $226.25 million funding boost.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the projects would help thousands of people living in South-East Queensland.

“People are sick of sitting in traffic and these local and practical measures will help people get home sooner and safer,” Mr Morrison said.  

“By managing money and running a strong economy we are able to invest record funding in road and rail projects which improve the lives of so many Queenslanders.

“This funding will fix local traffic pinch points and bottlenecks that have the most impact on congestion, helping everyone get home sooner.”

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said these projects make it easier for people to get onto the train and easily accessible station carparks are critical to this. 

“These three new commuter car parks will take up to 1,200 cars off the road,” Mr Tudge said. 

“This entire package is a transport strategy that is smart and clear and will make a tangible effect.”

The projects include:

  • Commuter car parking at Beenleigh Station
  • Commuter car parking at Loganlea Station
  • Commuter car parking at Coomera Station
  • Upgrading the intersection at Oxley Drive and Brisbane Road, Arundel
  • Upgrade of High Road and Easterly Street between Sabre Street and Old Logan Village Road, Waterford
  • Upgrading the Henry Road-Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin
  • Upgrade the Klinger Road & Boardman Road intersection, Kippa-Ring
  • Upgrading Beams Road between Lacey Road to Handford Road, Bracken Ridge
  • Level crossing removal at Boundary Road, Coopers Plains
  • Upgrading Rochedale Road and Priestdale Rd intersection, Rochedale
  • Upgrading Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road between Milne St to Tallagandra Rd, Beenleigh
  • Upgrading Chambers Flat Road between Park Ridge Road to Derby Road, Park Ridge 
  • Upgrading the Kenmore Roundabout at Moggill Road, Kenmore

The projects will bolster the significant investment across South-East Queensland that includes an additional $500 million for the M1 between Daisy Hill and the Logan Motorway.

It also includes the recently completed Gateway Upgrade North project from Nudgee to Bracken Ridge, which would not have been possible without a $861.8 million Coalition investment.

There has also been a $112 million investment for Stage 3a of the Gold Coast Light Rail project following $95 million for Stage 2.

In February the Morrison Government pledged to work with the State Government and local Councils to develop a City Deal for the region.

These commitments are all part of the Liberal National plan which is seeing $25 billion invested in road and rail projects across Queensland.

Investments across South East Queensland include:

  • M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade Program – $1.775 billion, including:

o   Gateway Merge – $115 million

o   Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill – $500 million

o   Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway – $500 million

o   Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes – $110 million

o   Varsity Lakes to Tugun – $500 million

  • Gateway Motorway – Bracken Ridge to Pine River – $800 million
  • Gateway Upgrade North – $861.8 billion
  • Brisbane Metro – $300 million
  • Gold Coast Light Rail Stages 2 and 3A – $207 million

Regional Queensland is also receiving significant investments to better connect the regions including:

  • Bruce Highway Upgrade Program – $10 billion, including:

o   Pine River to Caloundra Corridor – $1.42 billion

o   Cooroy to Curra Section D – $800 million

o   Rockhampton Ring Road – $800 million

o   Mackay Ring Road Stage 1 – $397.9

  • Toowoomba Second Range Crossing – $1.1 billion

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

MEDIA RELEASE

Monday 29 April 2019

$156 million to protect Australians from online attacks

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A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $156 million to protect older Australians, small businesses and national security assets from the risk of cyber-attacks.

Cybercrime costs the Australian economy more than $1 billion annually, particularly impacting families and small and medium sized businesses.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this funding would keep Australians safe while protecting businesses and the economy. 

“As the risk of cyber-attack increases we need to ensure Australians are protected and our defence forces and capabilities continue to get the backing they need,” Mr Morrison said.

“We will continue to take a proactive approach against cyber criminals at home and overseas, including scammers, fraudsters and those involved in child exploitation.”

As part of our $156 million cyber resilience and workforce package, we will;

  • Invest $50 million to create a Cyber Security National Workforce Growth Program to create the cyber workforce we will need in the decades to come.
  • Invest $40 million to establish a Countering Foreign Cyber Criminals capability within the Australian Cyber Security Centre, and drawing on the expertise of the Australian Federal Police to combat the increasingly sophisticated organised cybercrime gangs.
  • Invest $26 million to support the Australian Cyber Security Centre to expand its assistance to the community in the fight against malicious cyber criminals and actors.

As part of the Cyber Security National Workforce Growth Program, we will bring together Defence, Home Affairs, industry and academia, under the leadership of the National Cyber Security Adviser to advise the Government on a program that grows the cyber security workforce through initiatives including:

  • Scholarships for postgraduate, undergraduate and TAFE studies directly associated with cyber security, with 50 per cent of the scholarships reserved for women.
  • Greater investment in cyber security challenges and educational activities that are targeting primary school, high school, and tertiary students, inspiring and training them to take up a career in cyber related fields.
  • Development of specialist cyber security related courses, which directly meet the needs of Defence, government and industry.
  • Building on Questacon’s Engineering is Elementary pilot program to educate teachers about increasing student interest in engineering and other STEM field in a national rollout of the program, which will train 1,000 primary school teachers from every state and territory around the country.
  • Development of work experience placements and government/industry exchanges to help develop the practical skills of our national cyber security workforce.

As part of our plan to assist the community in the fight against menace of malicious cyber criminals and actors, we will:

  • Develop a comprehensive online cyber security training program providing practical cyber advice for small businesses, older Australians and Australian families.
  • Expand the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s 24/7 cyber hotline to include a dedicated helpdesk for small and medium sized businesses, older Australians and families to report cyber security incidents with specially trained staff who can provide tailored technical cyber security advice to prevent and respond to cyber security incidents.

As part of our overall plan to assist the ADF and Defence in particular to grow its cyber warfare workforce, we will invest a further $40 million to:

  • Accelerate the creation of 230 positions for military cyber operations specialists in the ADF over the next four years, significantly enhancing existing capabilities.
  • Build on our highly successful ADF Gap Year Program to create up to 100 new gap year positions each year that are focussed on cyber and information warfare domains to encourage young Australians, particularly women, to embark on a cyber-related career.
  • Expand our Australian Government cyber security ‘SPRINT’ teams to work with owners and operators of critical infrastructure to prepare against future cyber threats.

These initiatives build on those the Coalition has already invested in through our Cyber Security Strategy and are aimed at bringing together Defence, government, industry and academia to guide these initiatives.

The Coalition’s $156 million investment will enhance the national cyber security workforce and capability, which will have broader flow-on benefits across the entire economy.

Only a re-elected Coalition Government can be trusted to create a stronger and more secure Australia.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister

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PRESS CONFERENCE

CANBERRA, ACT

THURSDAY 11 APRIL 2019

PRIME MINISTER: Good morning everyone. Earlier this morning, I visited the Governor-General here in Canberra and he accepted my advice for an election to be held on the 18th of May. We live in the best country in the world. But to secure your future, the road ahead depends on a strong economy. And that’s why there is so much at stake at this election. Despite global economic headwinds, Australia’s economy is strong. We are delivering the first budget surplus in more than a decade. Unemployment is at decade lows. And last year, for the first time in our history, more than 100,000 young Australians got a job.

With a stronger economy we will create another one and a quarter million jobs over the next five years. We will maintain those budget surpluses without increasing taxes, and pay down the debt. We will deliver tax relief, as we have, for families, for hard working Australians, for small businesses, allowing Australians to keep more of what they earn. We will keep Australians safe as Liberal National governments always do, and we will keep our borders secure, as you know we will. And we will be able to guarantee the increased funding for the essential services that Australians rely on. Schools, hospitals, medicines, roads – all guaranteed by a stronger economy. All of this delivered by that plan that has kept our economy strong, not by increasing taxes. This is how we will make your life easier in the years ahead. This is how we will take the pressure off you and your family. There is more to do and a lot has gotdone, and we are getting on together with the job.

So at this election there is a clear choice. It is a choice that will determine the economy that Australians live in, not just for the next three years but for the next decade. It’s a choice between a government that I lead and the alternative of a Labor government led by Bill Shorten. You will have the choice between a Government that is delivering a strong economy and will continue to do so, or Bill Shorten’s Labor Party, whose policies would weaken our economy. You will get to decide between a Government that has fixed the Budget or Bill Shorten’s Labor Party that we always know can’t manage money. You will have a choice between a Government that is lowering taxes for all Australians, or Bill Shorten’s Labor Party that will impose higher taxes that will weigh down our economy. It’s taken us more than five years to turn around Labor’s Budget mess. Now is not the time to turn back. 

Keeping our economy strong is how we secure your future and your family’s future. Keeping our economy strong ensures that we can secure your wage, your job, your business and, importantly, the business you are going to work for today. Particularly, those small and family businesses out there employing more than half of the Australians who go to work today. And it’s also absolutely essential to guarantee the funding for the services that you rely on – hospitals, schools, roads, medicines, aged care, disability care – all of these now already at record levels of funding that only a strong economy can guarantee into the future, not higher taxes.

Australia is the best country in the world but our future depends on a strong economy. So I’m asking my fellow Australians today that on the 18th of May, you vote Liberal and National around the country. So together all of us as Australians can continue to build our economy to secure your future. Now I’m happy to take a few questions. Over here, Phil.

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, Labor’s key theme is going to be fairness. How do you respond to that, how do you counter that?

PRIME MINISTER: I believe in a fair go for those who have a go. And what that means is part of the promise that we all keep as Australians is that we make a contribution and don’t seek to take one. When all Australians do that, that’s when we get the fair go mentality and culture that has made our country strong today. So under our policies, if you’re having a go you’ll get a go. And that involves an obligation on all of us to be able to bring what we have to the table. It doesn’t matter what level of ability you have, what your means are, where you live in this country. It matters that we all bring our best. Under my Government, under our Government, under a Liberal Nationals Government, we will always be backing in those Australians who are looking to make a contribution not take one and, together, that’s how we make our country stronger.

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, what would you say to Australians who are thinking, ‘why should I reward an unstable Government?’

PRIME MINISTER: This election is about the future. But it’s a decision people can make about the future because of the record of the economic management that our Government has delivered. The record of national security and strong border protection that our Government has delivered. The record of bringingunemployment down, of getting young people into kids, of delivering record funding for hospitals and schools. Over the last five and a half years we have increased funding for public schools around the country by more than 60 per cent. We’ve increased funding for hospitals by more than 60 per cent. We’ve increased funding for Medicare by 27 per cent, and bulk-billing rates today are at their highest level. Our Government has the record of delivering not only a stronger economy, but the dividends of a stronger economy in the essential services that Australians rely on.

And so the choice that is going to be made by Australians on the 18th of May is like it always is at every election, and that is, who do you trust to deliver that strong economy which your essential services rely on? Who do you trust to deliver the strong economy and the Budget management that these services can be funded, that the business that you work for will be there in three years, in five years, in ten years? The strong economy that is the way and the path to higher and sustainable wages in this country. The strong economy which, at the end of the day, enables us all to invest in our communities, where we live and where we work, and where we play. So, make no mistake, elections are all about questions of trust and our record of delivery on the things that Australians rely on, the economy they live in and the services that they rely on is very clear and our plans to continue to deliver that are very clear. Mark?

JOURNALIST: The question is though that the Australian people voted for a government led by Tony Abbott in 2013 and ended up with Malcolm Turnbull. They voted for Malcolm Turnbull in 2016 and ended up with you, via Peter Dutton. What absolute guarantee can you give the Australian people that if they vote for you they’ll get you?

PRIME MINISTER: That’s why after I became Prime Minister we changed the rules in the Liberal Party, as you know. It was the biggest change to the Liberal Party’s rules since Sir Robert Menzies founded our parliamentary party here. Those rules say that at the next election on May 18, if the Liberal National Government is returned, if I’m re-elected as Prime Minister, then I will serve as your Prime Minister because the rules have been changed to prevent the things that have happened in the past. The same is true of the Labor Party – they changed their rules as well. So it’s crystal clear, at this election, it is a choice between me as Prime Minister and Bill Shorten as Prime Minister. You vote for me, you’ll get me. You vote for Bill Shorten and you’ll get Bill Shorten.

JOURNALIST: On your first day in Question Time as Prime Minister you said, “when placed in command, take charge.” How would you describe the battle, the scale of the battle, you’re about to lead the Coalition into?

PRIME MINISTER: Well, I believe that we must win this election for the interests of our country. The last time Labor was elected to form a Government back in 2007 they inherited a strong economy and they inherited budget surpluses. And in the space of one year they turned a $20 billion surplus into a $27 billion deficit. They turned strong borders into weak borders. And we have spent the last more than ten years getting back to where we were. You vote Labor once, you pay for it for a decade. That’s what history has taught us. You know, in the last 18 months we have only just now got back and exceeded, in fact, the share of the working age population that is in work. The last time we hit that record was when the Liberal and National Party left office in 2007, and it has taken us more than a decade to get back to where we were. Australians have worked incredibly hard and over the last five years, they’ve been supported by a Government that has been backing them in. Against stiff headwinds, indeed in the past, $80 billion taken out of our economy on the downside of the mining investment boom but we continued to grow, and our economy continued to prevail by the hard work of Australians.

See, the Liberal and National Parties believe that the strength of our economy is rooted in the hard work and effort and enterprise and aspiration and the champion in every single Australian. Our job is to release those champions in our economy, to release those champions in the workforce, to release those champions in our health and education sector, to release those champions in our homes. We have a plan to make Australia stronger. And on the 18th May, Australians will have the opportunity to back that plan as we’re backing them. Thank you very much.

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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister

 EASTER 2019

At Easter, Australians join Christians around the world to proclaim the joy and grace at the centre of the Christian faith.

For Christians, Easter is a time for reflection and renewal, of contemplating the story of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, and His enduring promise of forgiveness.

In recalling the sacrifices made for us, we are reminded of the obligation we all have to each other and of the timeless Gospel admonition to “Love one another as I have loved you”.

This Easter, I pay tribute to the influence of the Christian faith on our land. This faith has seen the sick tended in hospitals; the children educated in schools; the poor supported by Christian charities; the lonely comforted by church communities; and countless lives provided with strength and support.

May all of us be encouraged in our commitment to serve others and to uphold the values that we celebrate today.

He is risen!  Happy Easter!

Scott Morrison

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia

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THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

THE HON GREG HUNT MP

Minister for Health

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Monday, 25 March 2019

Victoria to lead the world in cancer treatment and medical research 

The Morrison Government is investing almost half a billion dollars to deliver world-leading cancer treatment for Australian patients, extra hospital infrastructure, more mental health services and new medical research projects.  

The $496 million investment backs Victoria’s position as a global leader in health and medical research and provides new support for patients while creating Australian jobs. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said $80 million would help create a new national cancer treatment centre at Peter Mac, providing access to treatments previously only offered overseas. 

“This investment will be life-changing for so many of our sickest Australians, including many children battling cancer,” the Prime Minister said.  

“Our strong economic management means we can provide world-leading treatment options for patients in Melbourne, who have previously needed to travel to the United States to get support.

“Today’s Health and Medical Research Plan cements Melbourne’s place as a global leader in health and medical research, creating jobs while importantly providing support for Australian patients.”  

Peter Mac will also be investing $25 million to create the Centre of Excellence in Cellular Immunotherapy. 

This new national centre will provide CAR T-cell therapy, helping the body’s own immune system to fight cancer and has the potential to cure certain types of cancer.

CAR T-cell therapy involves removing a patient’s T-cells (a type of immune system cell), re-engineering them in a lab and reinserting them back into the body to attack and kill the cancer cells. 

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Victorian Health and Medical Research Plan  would support our doctors, nurses and brightest researchers to treat patients and help find new breakthrough cures for cancer through CAR T-cell therapy.

“The Victorian package puts Melbourne at the global forefront of cancer research and gives our patients the best chance of treating and beating cancer.

“This plan builds on the more than 55 per cent increase in Commonwealth funding to Victorian hospitals, record bulk billing and more than 2,000 new medicines subsided under the PBS,” Minister Hunt said.

$30 million will be invested in St Vincent Hospital’s Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery – Australia’s first hospital-based biomedical engineering research and training hub.

This will create a new research facility, which will support more research projects, which are already improving and saving lives.

$16 million will be invested to support the mental health of young people by developing eight new headspace services in Victoria, in addition to the previously announced Wangaratta service.

  Australians with cancer and rare diseases will have access to clinical trials no matter where they live, including regional and remote Victoria, with a $25 million investment in the Australian Clinical Trials Network’s TrialHub.

Hospitals in Rosebud, Casey and Bendigo in Victoria will be the first hospitals to partner with the TrialHub.

$25 million will help establish a new national Drug Discovery Centre that aims to turn scientific discoveries into new medicines faster.

The Centre, at Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, will help bring lifesaving medicines to patients with the help of advanced robotic gear.

$40 million will fund new paediatric emergency departments inside the existing emergency departments of Geelong, Maroondah, Frankston and Casey hospitals. 

This project will develop emergency department facilities that are appropriate for families and children, leading to better clinical outcomes.

$32 million will be invested in a new medical Health Futures to be lead by Peninsula Health and Monash University. The Frankston-based Hub will focus on community health issues including aged care, addiction and mental health.

This will mean that the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston communities will see the direct benefit from research that is undertaken in their community.

Ten new MRI licences will be available across Victoria, which will allow patients to receive life-saving Medicare subsidised scans.  

MRI machines with Medicare eligibility will be available at sites including Epping, Heidelberg, Lilydale, Keilor East, Parkville, Moorabbin, Berwick, Olympic Park, Geelong and Brighton.

An MRI is a commonly used medical scan used by doctors to diagnose and monitor a number of different medical conditions including cancer and trauma or sporting injuries. 

The investment in the Peter Mac Centre of Excellence in Cellular Immunotherapy will see:

  • Establishment of capacity and capability to provide more than 200 patients accessing lifesaving treatments for leukaemia and lymphoma cancers or accessing life-changing clinical trials using CAR T-cell therapy and other immunotherapies.
  • Over 140 new manufacturing jobs created.
  • 15 new clinical and pre-clinical research jobs will be immediately created.
  • 1,700 square meters of space will be fitted out with Good Manufacturing Grade clean rooms for cellular immunotherapy manufacturing.
  • 900 square meters of space will be fitted out to create a 14 bed/chair clinical unit.

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THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP

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THE HON STEVEN MARSHALL MP

Premier of South Australia

THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

THE HON DAVID COLEMAN MP

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

SANDY VERSCHOOR

Lord Mayor of Adelaide

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

CITY DEAL UNDERPINS A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR ADELAIDE AND SA

STEVEN MARSHALL

The Federal Coalition and South Australian governments and the City of Adelaide today put pen to paper on the Adelaide City Deal, designed to boost economic growth, enliven cultural tourism and build the city’s future as a centre of innovation excellence.

The signing of the $551 million Adelaide City Deal marks the start of a decade-long collaborative effort of the three levels of government.

It will directly focus on growing Adelaide’s innovation economy, supporting population growth in the city and across the state, and boosting Adelaide’s burgeoning cultural and tourism economy.

The Deal paves the way for the transformation of Lot Fourteen in the north-eastern corner of Adelaide’s CBD into an innovation precinct. Lot Fourteen will host the headquarters of the Australian Space Agency, its mission control facility and the Australian Space Discovery Centre, as well as major cultural attractions, high tech businesses and world-class education facilities.

The major infrastructure projects planned for Lot Fourteen, together with a focus on supporting Adelaide’s growth, will help take the city to the next level in terms of its potential to achieve major economic growth over the longer term.

The City Deal will stimulate Adelaide’s cultural economy through investing in an Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery and an International Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Food Studies at Lot Fourteen.

It will also boost tourism by investing in key projects such as the Heysens Gallery in Hahndorf, the Mitcham Hills and Glenthorne Trails in southern Adelaide, and upgrading Carrick Hill House at Springfield to include a visitor centre.

More information is available at https://citydeals.infrastructure.gov.au/adelaide.  

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