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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

Scott Morrison

THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Treasurer 

SENATOR THE HON MATHIAS CORMANN
Minister for Finance

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

Thursday 4 July 2019

Delivered: lower taxes for hard-working Australians

More than 10 million Australians will start to receive immediate tax relief from next week following the passage of Legislation through the Parliament today.

The Coalition Government has delivered on its promise, as outlined in this year’s Budget, to build a better tax system and provide more tax relief to hard-working Australians.

As a result, low and middle income earners will keep more of what they earn and have more money in their pockets. This will ultimately boost household consumption, which will be good for the overall economy.

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Relief so Working Australians Keep More of Their Money) Bill 2019 will deliver a further $158 billion in tax relief, building on the already legislated Personal Income Tax Plan announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

Starting from next week, low and middle income earners with an income up to $126,000 will receive up to $1,080, or $2,160 for dual income couples, with the increased tax relief to apply from the 2018-19 income year.

The Bill has also locked in the benefits of low and middle income tax relief by increasing the top threshold of the 19 cents in the dollar tax bracket from $41,000 to $45,000 and by increasing the low income tax offset from $645 to $700 in 2022-23.

In combination with the legislated removal of the 37 per cent tax bracket in 2024-25, the Government is delivering structural reform to the tax system by reducing the 32.5 cents in the dollar tax rate to 30 cents in the dollar.

Together, these tax relief measures will create a flatter and better tax system that will improve incentives for hard-working Australians and ensure that 94 per cent of Australians will face a marginal tax rate no higher than 30 cents in the dollar in 2024-25. Once our plan is fully implemented, around 13.3 million taxpayers will pay lower taxes.

Australians voiced their loud and clear support for our comprehensive tax package at the election. They supported a tax system that rewards aspiration and encourages effort, and today we have delivered it. 

Lower taxes are part of our plan for a stronger economy.

[ENDS]

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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Sydney

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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.

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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Sydney

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Prime Minister

Scott Morrison

TRANSCRIPT

“WHERE WE LIVE” – ASIALINK BLOOMBERG ADDRESS

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2019

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PRIME MINISTER: Thank you to Asialink and Bloomberg for the opportunity to address you here today prior to my attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Osaka this weekend.

Today I want to talk about our plan to foster an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific, consistent with our national interests.

I would like to set out the principles, consistent with our national values, that will guide my Government’s engagement with the Indo-Pacific region.

The Indo-Pacific is where we live.

It is where we have our greatest influence and can make the most meaningful impact and contribution.

It is the region that will continue to shape our prosperity, security and destiny.

It is the region where, together with our allies, and especially the United States, our people made great sacrifices when our peace was threatened.

It is the region that has accounted for two-thirds of global growth over the last decade.

It is home to more than half the world’s population.

It is the destination for more than three-quarters of our two-way trade.

It embraces our Pacific family with whom we have special relationships and duties, our close neighbours, our major trading partners, our alliance partners and the world’s fastest growing economies.

Where else would Australia want to be?

During the early years of European settlement, our geography seemed a burden. Today, I think we now appreciate that it has proved to be a great blessing.

While comfortably understated in our approach, we do not underestimate our influence, especially if we choose to focus and target our contributions where we can have the greatest impact.

Our economy has grown faster than any other advanced economy over the last 28 years. 

Australia is alone among advanced economies in enjoying uninterrupted growth over this period.

We are one of only ten countries globally with a AAA credit rating from all key agencies.

We host 10,000 foreign-owned businesses, and $3.7 trillion in foreign investment.

We rank third as a destination for foreign students, and seventh as a tourist destination.

We play a critical role in underpinning the resource, energy and food security of East Asia.

We are the fourth largest pension market. Our funds management sector is the sixth largest in the world. 

We are a standard bearer for democracy and the rule of law.

We are a staunch and active ally of the United States, deepening our security cooperation to help secure our region.

Our post war trading relationship with Japan, marked by our   Commerce agreement secured in 1957, saw Japan become our largest trading partner until just under over a decade ago. The relationship is now broader and deeper than ever before, This weekend Prime Minister Abe will preside over the G20 as a great friend of Australia and one of the region’s most highly respected statesmen.

We share a comprehensive strategic partnership and free trade agreement with the People’s Republic of China, with a broad and deep relationship underpinned by people-to-people ties; evidenced by the fact we are home to 1.2 million ethnic Chinese and are host to 1.4 million Chinese visitors and 205,000 Chinese students each year.

The growth in India’s economic and strategic heft is increasingly felt beyond the Indian Ocean, creating new opportunities for Australia based on our shared values and outlook. India is also now the single largest source of permanent migrants to Australia.

Our special relationship with ASEAN since its inception has plugged us into a critical network of independent and dynamic  developing economies working together to create their own norms and rules for intra-regional growth, critical to the interests of all Indo-Pacific members.

And we are the single largest development partner with the island nations of the Pacific.

So together in our region we share a future. We have much to contribute and much to gain.

The Indo-Pacific is a region which has undergone and is undergoing profound change. We have helped shape that change.

Post war social development and economic prosperity led initially by Japan.

Global engagement with the People’s Republic of China and the resultant economic miracle of China’s economic advancement.

The emergence of ASEAN, which has supported the regional stability that allowed its members to prosper.

The burgeoning of intra-regional trade. The build-up of regional security capabilities, with inevitable tensions in some areas.

The economic liberation that has flowed from free trade, new technologies and innovation.

New environmental pressures and threats to our climate, oceans, species and forests that don’t recognise national boundaries.

The confluence, agglomeration and dynamism of these forces now shaping our region has brought us to a new threshold.

Undoubtedly, the most significant change in most recent times has been the shift in the relationship between the United States and China, who exert the greatest influence on our region.

The world’s most important bilateral relationship – the US-China relationship – is strained.

Trade tensions have escalated.

The collateral damage is spreading.

The global trading system is under real pressure. 

Global growth projections are being wound back.

The impact of any further deterioration of the relationship will not be limited to these two major powers. 

The balance between strategic engagement and strategic competition in the US-China relationship has shifted.

This was inevitable.

China’s conscious decision to pursue prosperity as a strategy for national unity and stability launched one of the world’s greatest economic miracles.

Now China is a significant power, with vast military, global interests and the biggest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity.

It is important to acknowledge that this success was made possible by the active and strategic engagement of the United States and the wider global community.

Firstly, through enthusiastic bilateral exchange and then by supporting access to the global rules-based trading system through China’s accession to the WTO in 2001, gave it much better access to the markets of 154 member economies.

This also required reforms from China that supported its rapid economic expansion.

China is now the major trading partner of more than 50 countries.

In 1980, China’s trade with the outside world amounted to less than $40 billion. By 2015, it had increased one hundredfold, to $4 trillion

China is the largest holder of foreign US currency reserves.

China’s economic rise has not been a zero sum game. This has been especially true in Australia’s case, but also for the United States.

This is why Australia has always, and will continue to, welcome China’s economic growth.

However, the ground has now shifted. It is now evident that the US believes that the rule-based trading system – in its current form – is not capable of dealing with China’s economic structure and policy practices.

Many of these concerns are legitimate.

Forced technology transfer is unfair.

Intellectual property theft cannot be justified.

Industrial subsidies are promoting over-production.

China’s rise has now reached a threshold level of economic maturity.

While we acknowledge that large parts of China are still to realise the prosperity of its major economic centres, it is also true that its most economically successful provinces, some of which are larger than many developed nations, including Australia, has reached and sometimes exceeds the economic sophistication of its global competitors. Yet, at the same time, these economies get to compete with concessions, whether they be on trade, environmental obligations or other terms, not available to other developed economies.

Our current trading system seems incapable of acknowledging, let alone resolving, these issues.

The rules-based system is in need of urgent repair if it is to adequately respond to these new challenges, including the rise of large emerging economies, changing patterns of trade and new technologies.

Our prosperity, and that of our Indo-Pacific partners, depends strongly on the maintenance of an open global economy and a rules-based trading system.

It will also depend on a positive, productive and cooperative bilateral relationship between China and the US.

This will require the exercise of special responsibilities by these “Great Powers” to resist a narrow view of their interests.

But this won’t be the first time such leadership has been required or demonstrated.

In 1951 George Kennan wrote, in American Diplomacy:

“If our purposes and undertakings here at home are decent ones, unsullied by arrogance or hostility towards other people or delusions of superiority, then the pursuit of our national interest can never fail to be conducive to a better world.”

The statement was made at a time when the United States was in the process of building a new world order, with institutions and common rules unashamedly seeking to secure prosperity as a bulwark against the madness that saw 60 million people killed and slaughtered, including 45 million civilians, during the Second World War.

According to some, estimates this included up to 20 million Chinese as well as 419,000 Americans and almost 40,000 Australians.

This new world order was the dividend of the peace bravely won, none more so than by the United States, whounderstood that with its great power came great responsibility.

The principles of this new order reflected the values and aspirations of its architects.

It was also informed by the failures of pre-war institutions and mindsets that saw emerging and recovering economies become frustrated, giving rise to the most evil of nationalist ideologies to take hold.

As I joined other leaders in Portsmouth recently to commemorate D-Day, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the history of the moment.

Sitting beside Chancellor Merkel, I was inspired by just how far we had come. No different to when I joined Prime Minister Abe in Darwin to commemorate the bombing of our northern capital. The post-war world order has achieved something truly extraordinary. The United States deserves great credit for this achievement.

Central to these institutions has been a respect for the individual sovereign state, no matter how large or small, and the ambition that each may be able to engage and participate with the security afforded by a common set of rules that means they can get a fair go, free of coercion.

Like any nation the US is not perfect, but it has form in being able to look beyond its own horizon to see a bigger picture.

The United States has demonstrated an understanding that the responsibilities of great power are exercised in their restraint, freely subjecting itself to higher order rules, their accommodation of other interests and their benevolence.

Such power supports the independence and sovereignty of other nation states and affords protection beyond its own interests, in the knowledge that this is necessary to maintain the peace and stability that ultimately underpins their own prosperity.

The level of global interconnectedness means this has never been more true than today.

As a rising global power, China also now has additional responsibilities. 

It is therefore important that US-China trade tensions are resolved in the broader context of their special power responsibilities, in a way that is WTO-consistent and does not undermine the interests of other parties, including Australia.

The accumulation of issues that have led to these tensions must be acknowledged, addressed and resolved at the negotiating table in a way that reinforces our open and inclusive global trading system.

Like all of us, China and the US have a strong interest, and a special responsibility, to modernise and support the system that has delivered unprecedented growth in national wealth and living standards over the last two decades.

We can support these efforts and outcomes by rejecting the fatalism of increased polarisation and resisting the analysis that only sees these issues through a binary prism.

It is in no-one’s interest in the Indo-Pacific to see an inevitably more competitive US-China relationship become adversarial in character.

All nations in our region, not just Australia, are having to adjust to this period of great power competition.

Japan, India, New Zealand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea. All of us are similarly seeking to balance our interests, our history, our geography, our alliances, our partnerships and aspirations in the context of this new dynamic.

Like others who live here, Australia simply seeks the freedom to be ourselves, peacefully pursue our national interests, consistent with our values, appreciating our history and being transparent and honest about our aspirations for the future.

These shared challenges create important common ground, which is where I see Australia continuing to play an important role.

So we won’t be fazed, intimidated or fatalistic.

Of course the international environment is difficult.

Of course there are risks of further deterioration in key relationships and consequent collateral impacts on the global economy and regional stability.

There are also pressures to decouple the Chinese and American economic systems, whether this be in technology, payments systems, financial services or other areas.

But these are not insurmountable obstacles. To think they are not does not amount to some modern form of appeasement. This is a straw man argument.

And what’s the alternative?

These risks not only can but must be mitigated, and this comes more possible when we work together.

We should not just sit back and passively await our fate in the wake of a major power contest.

This underestimates and gives up on the power of human, state and multilateral agency.

There are practical steps that we can pursue.

So we will play our part. We will not be passive bystanders.

Our approach will be based on key principles.

A commitment to open markets with trade relationships based on rules, not coercion.

An approach which builds resilience and sovereignty.

Respect for international law and the resolution of disputes peacefully, without the threat or use of coercive power.

And a commitment to cooperation and burden-sharing within strong and resilient regional architecture.

None of those principles is inconsistent with the natural instinct of sovereign nations to compete.

And It is not inevitable that competition leads to conflict.

We have already demonstrated that like-minded nations can take measures to help shape their own destiny.

We will continue to lead by example, developing our close web of relationships across and within the Indo-Pacific.

In recent years, we have been investing heavily in our major bilateral relationships, to advance our security and prosperity and build regional influence; encouraging regional economic integration and cooperation; and promoting rules and norms to guide peaceful cooperation.

We are stepping up our economic engagement.

Our defence cooperation is stronger than it has ever been.

We are leading collaboration on issues at the frontier of a changing world, like e-commerce, cyber security, infrastructure development, innovation and technology and maritime security. 

We are working more closely than ever before with close partners like Japan, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Our special, strategic relationship with Japan is based on deep shared values, interests and beliefs. Prime Minister Abe has a vision to strengthen the international order as his leadership of the G20 this week, at the dawn of a new Reiwa era, will demonstrate.

My Government is enhancing our partnership with India, one underpinned by shared values, a plan to bring our economic relationship to a new level, and a common strategic outlook.

We are committed to being a leading security, economic and development partner for Southeast Asia.

Our vision of the Indo-Pacific has ASEAN at its core.

We have continued to push ahead with an ambitious trade agenda that has rallied the region and sustained momentum for trade liberalisation.

Under Tony Abbott’s Prime Ministership we concluded major trade deals with China, Japan and South Korea.

When the United States walked away from the Trans Pacific Partnership, we rightly pressed ahead to success under Malcolm Turnbull’s Prime Ministership. It was the biggest trade deal since the birth of the WTO and a positive affirmation of middle power diplomacy.

There is now strong interest in TPP-11 from nations both inside and outside the Asia Pacific.

This year we hope to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, an agreement that includes 16 economies and accounts for about one-third of global GDP.

It would be the first regional free trade agreement to include India and has the 10 nations of ASEAN at its core.

RCEP’s membership includes 10 out of Australia’s top 15 trading partners, account for over 60 per cent of Australia’s two-way trade, and over 70 per cent of Australia’s goods and services exports.

To conclude the agreement when leaders meet in Bangkok in November this year, I would urge leaders to send their Trade Ministers to the meeting next month in Beijing with a clear mandate to deal.

There are other priority initiatives that will add ballast to regional relationships.

Australia strongly supports Indonesian President Widodo’s vision and leadership in developing ASEAN’s ‘Outlook on the Indo-Pacific’.

Our recently-concluded Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Indonesia is another major step to secure Australia’s economic future and to strengthen out critical relationship with our largest neighbour.

While continuing to work with other partners in the region we will also deal directly with our great and powerful friends.

Our relationship with the US has never been stronger. 

Ours is a resolute and mutually beneficial alliance partnership where neither party has the need to prove anything to each other.

Our alliance with the US is the bedrock of Australia’s security, providing us with irreplaceable hard power capabilities and intelligence.

Australia is a stronger regional power because of the US alliance.

We are committed to working with the US internationally because we agree it has borne too many burdens on its own.

Australia will continue to pull its weight.

And we will work with the US, as well as Japan, Indonesia, China, the EU and others, to reform international institutions, including the WTO, to ensure they’re fit for purpose and serve their members’ interests.

Because we will be more secure and prosperous in a global order based on agreed rules, not one based on the exercise of power alone.

My Government is also committed to further enhancing our relationship with China.

Our relationship with China has many strengths. 

Our trading relationship is flourishing, with two-way trade reaching a remarkable $215 billion in 2018, which benefits both countries. 

Our cooperation with China through our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership goes well beyond economic issues.

We are working together across fields including health, education, and taxation, where Australia offers world-class expertise.

We’ve also been cooperating successfully to counter drug trafficking through Taskforce Blaze.

There is more we can do. That’s why we established the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations earlier this year.

The Foundation will strengthen areas where we already cooperate, deepen the already rich links across our communities, and help identify new areas for practical cooperation.

I want to acknowledge the presence of the inaugural Chair of the Foundation, Warwick Smith, and thank him for his leadership. While we will be clear-eyed that our political differences will affect aspects of our engagement, we are determined that our relationship not be dominated by areas of disagreement.

The decisions we make in relation to China are based solely on our national interests, just as theirs are towards Australia, and these are sometimes hard calls to make.

But they are designed always to leave large scope for cooperation on common interests and recognise the importance of China’s economic success.

This success is good for China, it is good for Australia.

McKinsey estimates that 2.6 per cent of consumption in the rest of the world is imported from China, compared with 0.8 per cent in 2000.

Chinese imports now account for 2.0 per cent of the gross output of the rest of the world, compared with 0.4 per cent in 2000.

We welcome Chinese investment.

We have welcomed it for decades. 

The stock of Chinese investment in Australia in 2018 was more than 8 times larger than a decade ago, and China is our ninth largest investor  behind  the USA, Japan, UK and the Netherlands.

Australia has the most liberal foreign investment regime in our region. It is not possible for Australians to invest in China in the way Chinese investments are made here. Perhaps this will change, but our policy is not framed in the context of reciprocity, but national interest.

We retain our sovereignty over these investments, especially in relation to strategic and national security considerations, but where such issues are satisfied, we would be only harming our own economic interests if we were to deny our economy access to this capital.

That is why we operate a non-discriminatory approach to investment screening.

And I note that all nations, including China, screen foreign investment. 

The infrastructure needs of the region are enormous and Australia welcomes the contribution that the Belt and Road Initiative can make to regional infrastructure investment and to regional development.

We support regional investments with commercial merit that meet genuine market need and international standards, including on transparency and debt sustainability.

Finally, a key pillar of our Indo-Pacific engagement is our Pacific step up.

We have returned the Pacific to where it should be – front and centre of Australia’s strategic outlook, our foreign policy and our personal connections.

This is where we have special responsibilities as part of a Pacific family – our Vavale, our wantok, our Whanau.

It is a fundamental building block of our engagement with the Indo-Pacific. A South Pacific that is secure strategically, stable economically and sovereign politically.

It’s where Australia can make the biggest difference  through our initiatives including the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, our labour market programs and undersea cable projects, for example.

A strong, stable region keeps us more secure and enables our economies to grow and our peoples to prosper.

Today I have focused principally on the economic dimensions of our regional relationships and engagement strategy. On another occasion I will address these issues from the perspective of our strategic, security and defence interests, and in turn from the perspective of our environmental and development cooperation.

I have done so, consistent with the priority I have assigned on building our economy to secure the future of Australians at our recent election.

But for today let me close by making the following observations.

There are gathering clouds in the global economy.

The trading relationship between the world’s two most important economies is under serious strain.

But an ever-worsening trajectory in this relationship is not inevitable.

We all have responsibilities to deepen patterns of co-operation, especially in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia is ready to play its part.

We embrace free trade, global engagement and an international system where we agree rules, stick to them and honour our commitments.

That is the surest path to an open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

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THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

MEDIA STATEMENT

Friday 24 May 2019

STATE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE HON BOB HAWKE AC

A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Robert (Bob) James Lee Hawke AC will be held at the Sydney Opera House at 11.30am on Friday 14 June 2019.

Bob was a political giant and a national icon. It is fitting that a public celebration of his life will be held at such an iconic and beloved Australian venue.

Members of the public wishing to attend will be able to secure complimentary tickets from midday on Wednesday 29 May via the Sydney Opera House website. The service will also be screened on the steps of the Opera House Forecourt and televised on the ABC.

Bob was a man who understood Australia and the people who call our country home.

I am pleased Australians will have the chance to say farewell.

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THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
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 THE HON CHRISTIAN PORTER

Attorney-General

SENATOR THE HON MITCH FIFIELD

Minister for Communications and the Arts

Scott Morrison

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Sunday 5 May 2019

Keeping Australians safe online

The Morrison Government will crackdown on social media platforms and online predators and trolls in a new plan to protect children, families and the community. 

These new measures build on Australia’s world-leading protections, put in place by the Morrison Government. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said keeping Australians safe was his top priority.

“As a dad I know first-hand how anxious parents feel about what their kids see and do online and the dangers the internet can bring,” Mr Morrison said. 

“Online trolls have no place in Australia and I promise to bring in new laws to protect our kids and keep our community safe.

“No one should be subjected to vile abuse and harassment whether they are in the online or offline world.

“We need the law to keep pace with technology and I want to ensure the courts reflect community expectations about the seriousness of online harassment, abuse and crime.”

Penalties for online abuse and harassment will be strengthened in line with community expectations that online crime should be treated as seriously as offline crime and will include;

  • Maximum penalties for certain offences will be increased, including for those using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence under section 474.17 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 from three years’ imprisonment to five years imprisonment.
  • New ‘aggravated’ offences will be introduced and sentencing for the worst categories of crime, including aggravated offences for sexual intercourse or other sexual activity with child outside Australia and offences involving conduct on three or more occasions and two or more people.
  • New offences of providing electronic services to facilitate dealings with child abuse material, and ‘grooming’ third parties using the post or a carriage service to procure children for sexual activity.
  • Re-introduce the Bill that Labor stalled in the Senate because they oppose mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offences, including increasing maximum penalties for a range of child sex offences, such as offences that cover ‘grooming’, sexual activity with a child outside Australia, and using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a child.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said these new measures sent a clear message to the courts that the community expects online crime to be treated every bit as seriously as offline crime.

“We will increase maximum penalties for certain offences, including for those using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence under section 474.17 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 from three years’ imprisonment to five years imprisonment,” Mr Porters said.

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield said major social media platforms would be held to account with new mandated requirements for transparency reports on the number, type and response to reports and complaints about illegal, abusive and predatory content by their users.

“We know that technology facilitated abuse is becoming a feature of domestic and family violence cases, and we want to ensure that platform are taking effective action to combat this abuse but we can’t do that without real data to inform our actions.”

The new transparency reporting will align with the work already undertaken by the UK Government as part of their Online Harms White Paper process, including their draft transparency reporting template, to ensure a consistent approach across jurisdictions.

The Morrison Government will work with technology firms including social media platforms, app stores and Internet Service Providers to better support parents by giving them the tools to make their own decisions about how their children use the internet, including by:

  • Ensuring online apps, games and services marketed to children default to the most restrictive privacy and safety settings at initial use or set-up.
  • Making available to parents the option of a filtered internet service that, at a minimum, blocks access to sites identified by the eSafety Commissioner.
  • Ensuring that information regarding online safety and parental control settings are available at all points in the supply chain including point-of-purchase, registration, account creation and first use.

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield said the Morrison Government would also introduce a new Online Safety Act to ensure our laws keep pace with tech change and to make sure safety is embedded in the online world.

“As recommended by the Briggs Review, the new Act will be a single, consolidated piece of online safety legislation that includes greater transparency and reporting requirements for industry,” Minister Fifield said.

The Morrison Government will work with the G20 to ensure technology firms meet obligations regarding prevention and protection, transparency and deterrence to stop terrorists weaponising the internet.

These new measures are in addition to the more than $100 million the Morrison Government is investing to improve eSafety over the next four years. Only the Liberal and Nationals can be trusted to do what is necessary to keep Australian children safe online. 

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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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THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

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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
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 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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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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THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

THE HON MICHEAL MCCORMACK MP
Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday 18 April 2019

KEEPING AUSTRALIANS SAFE ON OUR ROADS

Keeping all drivers safe on our roads will continue to be a key priority of a re-elected Morrison Government, with a new $12 million package providing extra road safety measures.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said nothing was more important than keeping Australians safe.

“Easter is a busy time on our roads with many Australians taking the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. But I urge everyone to slow down, obey road rules and get to their destination safely,” Mr Morrison said.

“Any life lost on our roads is one too many. Too many of us have had to deal with the loss of a family member or friend at some stage and it is a harrowing experience.

“Our $12 million package will upgrade 175 popular Driver Reviver sites across Australia, increase assistance for learner drivers and their parents and roll out a new programme to educate caravan and campervan drivers.” 

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said while the Liberal and Nationals’ record investment in safer roads was seeing dividends, there is more to do at a local level.

“Our record investment into safer roads has saved lives, but there are more blackspots to be fixed, bridges to be upgraded and roads to be sealed,” Mr McCormack said.

“We want to tackle the road toll at a local level, town by town.

“A plan of this magnitude can only be achieved through the Liberal and Nationals’ strong economic management.”

To help with safer driving options and to combat driver fatigue, a re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government will invest:

  • $8 million in capped grants to help upgrade the 175 existing Driver Reviver locations nationwide to improve existing sites and support the establishment of new sites;
  • $1.2 million over four years to support the Driver Reviver programme to improve awareness of sites and for the engagement of volunteers;
  • $1 million over four years to partner with industry to develop and promote programmes to better educate caravan, campervan and motorhome drivers on safety awareness;
  • Develop a nationally consistent approach to new and improved pullover bays with a focus on single lane highways, popular tourist routes and off-network roads; and
  • $1.8 million to support a one-year pilot of the Australian Safety Foundation’s Digital Road Safety Passport for Schools for Year 9 students, which will cover the foundations of road safety, including getting to and from school safely.

Under the Liberal and Nationals Government, record funding will continue to be invested into road infrastructure to support new and upgraded major highways, as well as critical maintenance on local roads.

Complementing these investments will be a range of support measures to address driver fatigue as part of the Coalition’s plan for road safety.

These new initiatives follow recent road safety announcements made in the 2019-20 Budget including:

  • An additional $1.1 billion for the Roads to Recovery programme;
  • An additional $550 million for the Black Spot Program;
  • An additional $275 million for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program
  • An additional $275 million for the Bridges Renewal Program;
  • $12 million for a Road Safety Innovation Fund to support road safety research and the development of new road safety technologies and products;
  • An additional $6 million for the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative to fund projects that identify opportunities to improve heavy vehicle safety;
  • $5.9 million for the establishment of the Office of Road Safety to facilitate a greater coordination and leadership role for the Government in road safety;
  • An additional $8 million to secure the Keys2Drive program for the next four years;
  • $4 million to support road safety awareness, education and collaborative initiatives with nationally focused road organisations that promote road safety; and
  • $2.6 million for the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to assist local governments to assess their road asset management and maintenance requirements with a focus on regional areas.

We can make these critically important investments without raises taxes, because we have a plan for a stronger economy.

In contrast, Labor have a plan for $387 billion in new taxes that will only weaken our economy.

Only the Liberal and Nationals have a plan for a stronger economy, which will create jobs and guarantee the essential infrastructure and services that Australians need and rely on.

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