Tony Abbott Meets With Barack Obama At White House

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has met with US President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington DC.

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Obama and Abbott each made brief comments about the Australia-US alliance and foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Obama took one question from Washington journalists on the unfolding and emergency situation in Iraq. David Speers from Australian Sky News asked Obama another question about Iraq. [Read more...]


Tony Abbott Visits New York Stock Exchange

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made the traditional visit to the New York Stock Exchange, following his arrival in the United States.

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Abbott was due to meet with United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, after leaving the Exchange. He meets with President Obama in Washingon on Thursday.

Abbott spoke to journalists at the Stock Exchange.

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Tony Abbott In Canada

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in Canada, following his trip to France for the D-Day commemoration.

Abbott spoke warmly of Australian-Canadian relations and gave a brief speech at the Canadian War Museum.

At a media conference, Abbott canvassed a wide range of issues, including Canadian investment in Australia. Questioned about domestic politics, he defended his paid parental leave.

At one stage during the 18-minute media conference, Abbott inadvertently said “Canadia” before correcting himself. The slip of the tongue caused much excitement on social media.

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June 6, 2014: President Barack Obama Speaks At Normandy On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

President Barack Obama and other world leaders have gathered at Normandy in France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Like the 75th anniversary of Gallipoli in 1990, this is likely to be the last time that survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion in history will gather to remember the historic turning point that led to the defeat of Hitler and the end of the war in Europe.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is attending the commemoration.

United States President Barack Obama addressed the morning ceremony: “By daybreak, blood soaked the water, and bombs broke the sky. Thousands of paratroopers had dropped into the wrong landing sites; thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand. Entire companies’ worth of men fell in minutes. … By the end of that longest day, this beach had been fought, lost, refought and won — a piece of Europe once again liberated and free. …”

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Front page of The Age, June 7, 1944.

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Transcript of President Barack Obama’s speech at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

President Hollande; to the people of France; friends; the family; our veterans:

If prayer were made of sound, the skies over England that night would have deafened the world.

Captains paced their decks. Pilots tapped their gauges. Commanders pored over maps, fully aware that for all the months of meticulous planning, everything could go wrong — the winds, the tides, the element of surprise — and above all, the audacious bet that what waited on the other side of the Channel would compel men not to shrink away, but to charge ahead. [Read more...]


Tony Abbott’s D-Day Message: Landings, Trade And Democracy

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, will leave Australia at the end of this week to attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Abbott came under criticism today for linking the D-Day anniversary with the government’s economic policies. In his weekly video message and a media release, Abbott says: “We stood together at D-Day, we trade every day and we have always shared a commitment to democracy, to enterprise and to people’s right to be free.”

The Prime Minister’s website subsequently posted a second media release with a different emphasis.

D-Day took place on June 6, 1944 when the Allied nations, led by the United States and Britain, launched a seaborne invasion of Normandy, on the northern coast of France. The invasion led to the defeat of Germany 11 months later and the end of the war in Europe.

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Media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, dated June 1, 2014.

A Message From The Prime Minister – 70th Anniversary Of The D-Day Landings

This week the world will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The D-day landings changed the course of human history. [Read more...]


Gloria’s Adult Sex Line, Tony Abbott’s Wink, And Politics At Its Most Trivial

Political “news” was dominated today by extensive discussion of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s wink during a talkback call on ABC Radio 774 in Melbourne.

Abbott was interviewed by Jon Faine and then took calls from listeners who mainly complained about last week’s Budget. The interview was also shown on television.

When “Gloria from Warburton”, a 67-year-old pensioner, told Abbott she worked for an adult sex line to make ends meet, the prime minister winked at Faine. “Gloria” attacked Abbott and was told by Faine to “be nice”.

Online media and social media extensively canvassed the meaning of Abbott’s wink and whether it was further evidence of his “problem with women”, his “arrogance” and general contempt for average voters.

Later, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Abbott was a “creep”. She tweeted: “Gloria tells her story of poverty and illness and the PM responds with a wink and a smirk. What a grub.”

The incident will probably come to epitomise the government’s clumsy handling of its Budget sales job. It comes days after the Nielsen poll showed the ALP leading the Coalition by 56% to 44% of the two-party-preferred vote. A Newspoll showed public opinion at 55-45. Both polls indicate the Budget is the most poorly received since 1993.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Weekly Message: Reducing Labor’s Debt

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government’s first Budget is “tough” but also “visionary”.

Delivering his weekly message, Abbott said the Budget “lays the foundation for a stronger economy..by reducing debt by almost $300 billion over the next decade”.

Abbott said “all Australians are contributing to the Budget repair”. He emphasised the Budget’s investment in roads and infrastructure and said these “nation building initiatives” are only possible if everyone works together to reduce “Labor’s debt”.

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Transcript of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s weekly message.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER – REDUCING LABOR’S DEBT

Over six years, Labor ran up a $667 billion debt on the nation’s credit card. Every single month this debt is costing us a billion dollars just to cover the interest bill. [Read more...]