Julie Bishop Called It For Australia And The World, Says Abbott; Operation Bring Them Home Underway

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Operation Bring Them Home is underway for victims of the attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Alleging evidence-tampering on an industrial scale at the crash site, Abbott praised Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for “calling it for Australia and the world” at the United Nations.

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Overnight, the 15-member United Nations Security Council, including Russia, unanimously supported a resolution calling for an international investigation into the attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 last Friday. It demanded that armed groups in Ukraine allow access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained. [Read more...]


MH17 Rescue Effort Shambolic, Says Abbott; Like Putting Criminals In Charge Of A Crime Scene

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has maintained his strong rhetoric against the conduct of the recovery effort for Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, describing it as “shambolic” and akin to “putting criminals in charge of a crime scene”.

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However, Abbott stepped back from criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin: “He did say all the right things. I want to stress what he said was fine. The challenge now is to hold the President to his word.”

Abbott said he had spoken to a range of world leaders, including US President Obama, Netherlands Prime Minister Rutte, UK Prime Minister Cameron, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande. He also indicated that he would make himself available to families of the Australian victims. [Read more...]


Abbott Calls For Independent Investigation Of MH17; Foreign Minister Off To UN To Co-Ordinate Campaign

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has dispatched the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, to the United Nations to co-ordinate Australia’s demand for a full and fearless investigation into the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

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Speaking at a press conference, Abbott and Bishop said a binding United Nations Security Council resolution was needed to ensure that an independent and impartial investigation takes place.

Abbott said a proper investigation “is a matter of the utmost gravity for us and others”. He said 298 innocent people have been killed, “people who had no part in the conflict in Europe but whose lives were snuffed out”. [Read more...]


Abbott Says The News Just Gets Worse On A Grim Day For Australia And The World

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, says news about the missile attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 has “just got worse”.

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He said it was “highly probable” that the plane was shot down by a pro-Russian, separatist-controlled, surface-to-air missile in Russian-backed rebel territory in Ukraine.

Of the 298 passengers on the plane, Abbott said 28 were Australian. The others were: Netherlands 154, Malaysia 43, Indonesia 12, United Kingdom 9, Germany 4, Belgium 4, Philippines 3 and Canada 1. The nationalities of another 41 victims has not been determined.

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Transcript of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s press conference on Flight MH17.

ABBOTT: As you all know, Australians awoke to very bad news and in the course of the day the news has just got worse.

There were 298 people on this aircraft. It is highly probable that MH17 was shot down by a pro-Russian separatist controlled surface-to-air missile. So, it was shot down over Russian-backed rebel territory by what appears to be a Russian-backed rebel missile. [Read more...]


Abbott And Shorten Address Parliament On Shooting Down Of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a statement to the House of Representatives on the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, and the Deputy Leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt, also spoke.

“This looks less like an accident than a crime,” Abbott said. “And if so, the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”

It now appears that 28 Australians were amongst the 298 people killed in the attack. Many of the passengers were due to attend an international conference on AIDS in Melbourne.

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Statement released by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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The thoughts and prayers of all Australians today are with the families and loved ones of the Australians that have tragically been killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Our hearts go out to the families of all the dead.

At least 27 Australians citizens have lost their lives on flight MH17. Nine resided in Queensland, nine in Victoria, seven in Western Australia, one in the ACT and one in New South Wales. [Read more...]


Rupert Murdoch And Tony Abbott Speak At 50th Anniversary Celebration Of The Australian

Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corporation, and the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, have addressed a dinner in Sydney to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Australian newspaper.

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Abbott said that “no paper more closely corresponds with the true spirit of Australia”.

He said three themes recur in The Australian’s writing: “Australia as a big country, not just physically but spiritually, wanting always to be bigger, bolder, smarter and more successful than we currently are; Australia as a globally engaged and regionally oriented power, seeking closer ties with our neighbours and with our allies; and Australia as a successful economy where everyone is equipped and encouraged to have a go.”

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The essential thing about The Australian is that it’s a paper for a nation.

Every other newspaper serves a city. The Australian alone is dedicated to our country. [Read more...]


Abbott Says It’s Situation Normal: A Government Without A Senate Majority

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says there is nothing unusual about the situation his government finds itself in with the Senate.

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Abbott said there was nothing unusual about a government not having a majority in the Senate. He pointed to the 13 years of the Hawke and Keating governments and all but one of John Howard’s four terms as examples. “No, we have got situation normal which is a Senate where the Government does not have a majority in its own right,” Abbott said. [Read more...]