Abbott Introduces Marshall At Launch Of South Australian Liberal Party Election Campaign

With the South Australian state election just one week away, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has introduced Liberal leader Steven Marshall at the official campaign launch in Adelaide.

Marshall

The former Howard government Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, introduced Abbott to the crowd at the Norwood Town Hall.

The centrepiece of Marshall’s policy speech is a proposal to increase concession payments for energy and water bills. Marshall also said he would abolish the Save the River Murray Levy.

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Text of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s speech at the South Australian Liberal Party campaign launch.

Abbott

It’s lovely to be in Adelaide and it’s lovely to have such a wonderful South Australian welcome.

It’s great to be in the presence of my friend and former colleague, and mentor, Alexander Downer, who has been such a lion of this state and such a lion of our Party for so long.

It’s great to see so many of my federal colleagues here today, led by the Leader of the House of Representatives, the Honourable Christopher Pyne, and of course, somewhere in this audience is my favourite South Australian Liberal, the new member for Hindmarsh, Matt Williams. [Read more...]


100 Days Since The Election: “We’ve Made A Good Start,” Abbott Says

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is satisfied with the job his government has done in the 100 days since the September 7 election.

Abbott

Abbott told a press conference in Sydney this afternoon that the carbon tax repeal legislation was through the House of Representatives. Legislation to repeal the mining tax is in progress, as is legislation to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission. He said the boats are slowing, if not yet totally stopped. Foreign policy has a Jakarta, not a Geneva, focus.

Acknowledging the government’s difficulties in the Senate, Abbott looked ahead to the new Senate that takes office on July 1 next year. Whilst that is six months away, it will eventually look like a “blink”.

“I am confident that we are doing precisely what we said we would do,” Abbott said. “We are a government that will keep its commitments in full.” [Read more...]


Luke Howarth (LNP – Petrie) – First Speech

Luke Howarth was first elected as the Liberal National Party member for Petrie at the 2013 federal election.

Howarth

Howarth defeated the ALP’s Yvette D’Ath who held the seat for two terms under the Rudd and Gillard governments. Petrie was one of two seats lost by the ALP at the election, reducing the party to just four seats. The LNP holds 24 seats.

Petrie is a mainly residential electorate to the north east of Brisbane, Queensland. It extends from the northern Brisbane suburbs, east of the Bruce Highway and north to Burpengary Creek. The area includes Redcliffe on Moreton Bay. It includes the Brisbane suburbs of Bald Hills, Bracken Ridge, Carseldine, Fitzgibbon and parts of Aspley and Bridgeman Downs. The localities in the Moreton Bay Regional Council include Clontarf, Deception Bay, Griffin, Kippa-Ring, Mango Hill, Margate, Newport, North Lakes, Redcliffe, Rothwell, Scarborough, Woody Point and part of Burpengary. [Read more...]


Nick Varvaris (Lib – Barton) – First Speech

Nick Varvaris was first elected as the Liberal member for Barton at the 2013 federal election.

Varvaris

Varvaris is the first Liberal Party member for Barton since 1983.

Barton is a Sydney electorate. It extends from Cooks River and Cup and Saucer Creek in the north to the Georges River in the south, Botany Bay in the east and generally to Beverly Hills in the west. The main suburbs include Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Valley, Beverley Park, Bexley, Bexley North, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carss Park, Dolls Point, Kogarah, Kogarah Bay, Kyeemagh, Monterey, Ramsgate, Ramsgate Beach, Rockdale, Sandringham, Sans Souci, Turrella, Wolli Creek and parts of Beverly Hills, Carlton, Earlwood and Kingsgrove. [Read more...]


Angus Taylor (Lib – Hume) – First Speech

Angus Taylor was first elected as the Liberal member for Hume at the 2013 federal election.

Taylor

Taylor succeeded Albie Schultz who had held the seat since 1998. [Read more...]


Ann Sudmalis (Lib – Gilmore) – First Speech

Ann Sudmalis was first elected as the Liberal member for Gilmore at the 2013 federal election.

Sudmalis

Sudmalis succeeded the popular Joanna Gash in one of the few seats that swung to the ALP in the election. Gash had held the seat since 1996. Since its creating in 1984, Gilmore has been held by The Nationals, the ALP and the Liberals.

Situated south of Sydney, Gilmore extends from Warilla in the north to Durras in the South, then west including much of the Budawang and Morton National Parks. It includes the towns and suburbs of Berry, Bomaderry, Gerringong, Kangaroo Valley, Kiama, Milton, Minnamurra, Nowra, Shellharbour, Shell Cove, Sussex Inlet, Ulladulla and Warilla. [Read more...]


Ian Goodenough (Lib – Moore) – First Speech

Ian Goodenough was first elected as the Liberal member for Moore at the 2013 federal election.

Goodenough

Moore is an outer metropolitan electorate in Perth, Western Australia. A mainly residential area, it includes coastal and urban areas from Mindarie and Clarkson in the north to Mullaloo in the south. The major suburbs include Duncraig, Hillarys, Heathridge, Mullaloo, Ocean Reef and Padbury.

The electorate has only been held by one Labor member, Allen Blanchard, from 1983 to 1990, since its creation in 1949. Goodenough succeeds Mal Washer who held the seat from 1998. [Read more...]