Media releases

2015

Helping Australian farmers prepare for and manage drought

The 2015 Budget is part of the Commonwealth Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians.

The 2015 Budget

The 2015 Budget is the next step in our responsible long-term plan to build a stronger, safer and more prosperous future for all Australians.

Strengthening our taxation system

Today I am announcing that the Government will be proceeding with two new major tax integrity measures in the Budget tomorrow night.

New investment to modernise the ABS

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer today announced a major investment in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to ensure the ABS is better p

GST relativities decision

Following consultation with the States and Territories I have accepted the Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC) recommendations on the GST revenue split across the States and Territories for 201

Supporting start-ups and entrepreneurship

The hard working women and men of Australian small business are the engine room of our economy. Their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit will drive Australia’s economic future. 

Low interest rates supporting families and jobs

Today’s interest rate cut is good news for families and small businesses. Importantly, it will help further stimulate economic growth and create more jobs.

Serious Financial Crime Taskforce

The Commonwealth Government is establishing a new taskforce to fight serious and organised financial crime.

Government strengthens the foreign investment framework

The Commonwealth Government is taking action to strengthen the integrity of the foreign investment framework.

Australian contribution to the Asian Development Bank’s Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility

This week the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and I announced that Australia will provide $10 million to the Asian Development Bank’s Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F).

Australia is open for business

Australia has enjoyed a surge in foreign investment under the Coalition Government. Once again, Australia is open for business.

Australian contribution to the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Facility

This week the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and I announced that Australia will provide $25 million to the World Bank Group’s Glob

UK and Australia agree to collaborate on multinational tax

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon. George Osborne, MP, and the Treasurer of Australia, the Hon.

Support builds for the Global Infrastructure Hub

This week, in Washington, we are continuing to implement the G20’s infrastructure agenda.

Appointments to the Future Fund Board

The Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Carolyn Kay and Dr Jane Wilson as members of the Future Fund Board of Guardians.

2015-16 Budget media lock-up

At 7:30pm on Tuesday 12 May 2015, the Treasurer will deliver the 2015-16 Budget in the House of Representatives.

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, Washington D.C.

This weekend I leave for the US to attend the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting on 16‑17 April and the IMF World Bank Spring Meetings on 17‑18 April in Washington, D.C.

Integrity in our tax system

The Government is committed to maintaining integrity in Australia's taxation system.

Foreign investment decision: acquisition of John Holland Group by China Communications Construction Company

Today I have approved the foreign investment proposal by CCCC International Holding Limited to acquire John Holland Group Pty Limited.

Revenue system needs a refresh

Our tax system was built before the 1950s, before black-and-white televisions first appeared in Australian lounge rooms.