Prime Minister Tony Abbott has addressed the Western Australian Liberal Party State Council in Perth.
It was Abbott’s first official speech to the Liberal Party in W.A. since his election victory in September. Jokingly conceding he wasn’t a Western Australian, Abbott said he was there as Prime Minister of Western Australia.
After his speech, Abbott was questioned by journalists about the asylum seekers who have been rescued off Java and sent to Christmas Island. Reports says there has been a stand-off between Australia and Indonesia, with the Indonesians refusing to accept the return of the boat. Abbott refused to concede that his government’s Operation Sovereign Borders operation was under challenge or that he had surrendered on his attempts to turn back the boats.
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Transcript of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Address to the W.A. Liberal Party State Council.
It is a tremendous honour to be here. It really is a tremendous honour to be here.
I am so thrilled to be amongst my friends and Liberal colleagues of Western Australia. I am delighted to bask in the reflected glory of a great Premier, Colin Barnett, and though, sadly, I am not myself a Western Australian, yes, the greatest honour I can have is to be the Prime Minister of Western Australia.
The first thing I want to do today, my friends, is to thank the Liberals of Western Australia for everything you have done for me, for my parliamentary colleagues, and for our country because we would not be in government but for the support and the strength of this great division of our great party. [Read more...]