Media releases

2014

Governments focus on growth and infrastructure

Today, I met with State and Territory Treasurers in Cairns ahead of the G20 meetings to discuss how we can drive greater growth and prosperity across the country.

Pre-construction begins on Stage 2 of WestConnex

The Australian and NSW Governments today announced a major step towards relief for motorists using Sydney's notorious M5 East, with the start of pre-construction work on Stage 2 of WestConnex, and

Encouraging employment figures but more work to do

Labour Force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today are encouraging but demonstrate a continued underlying softness in the labour market.

We’re listening: Joyce and Hockey hit the road

Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, travelled to northern New South Wales and Queensland today to hear direct from farmers and rural communities about their experien

Nomination of Australian Executive Director to the IMF

The Australian Government will nominate Mr Barry Sterland PSM for appointment as the Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund commencing in late 2014.

Repeal of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax

The Government has delivered on its election commitment to repeal the failed Minerals Resource Rent Tax (mining tax), with the Bill receiving Royal Assent on Friday, September 5 2014.

Reappointment of a full-time Commissioner to the Productivity Commission

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Ms Patricia Scott as a full-time Commissioner of the Productivity Commission (Commission) for a further three-year period.

National Accounts - June Quarter 2014

The National Accounts released today show that the Australian economy continued to grow in the June quarter, expanding by 0.5 per cent and 3.1 per cent over the year.

Failed mining tax finally gone

The Government has delivered on our commitment at both the 2010 and 2013 elections to scrap the failed Minerals Resource Rent Tax (mining tax).

Fuel expenditure and vehicle ownership

Average weekly household expenditure on petrol by income

In terms of spending over the income distribution, average weekly expenditure on petrol in absolute terms increases with household

Regulators respond to Statements of Expectations

The Abbott Government is committed to fostering a close working relationship with our regulators.

July Labour Force data

The ABS Labour Force numbers released today show employment was broadly unchanged in July (down 300). However, it is now 109,300 higher than at the start of the year.

Making welfare sustainable

The Government’s Budget recognises the welfare system is unsustainable in its current form.

Mining Tax Failure

The Government has received $600,000 (net of refunds) for the June 2014 quarter from the failed Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Mining Tax), which continues to be collected following the Senate’s decis

Infrastructure and superannuation forum

Today the New South Wales Premier, the Hon Mike Baird MP, the State Treasurer, the Hon Andrew Constance MP, and I met with a group of representatives from the superannuation industry, industry grou

Repeal of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax

The Government committed to repeal the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (mining tax) and its associated spending measures in an entirely transparent manner at both the 2010 and 2013 Federal Elections.

Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 1) Bill 2014

Today the Abbott Government is introducing Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 1) Bill 2014, to implement the savings that Labor announced and booked but never legislated.

Productivity Commission’s Final Report on Public Infrastructure released

The Australian Government today tabled the Productivity Commission’s Final Inquiry Report into Public Infrastructure that was provided to Government on 27 May 2014.

Showing where your tax dollars are spent

The Abbott Government will improve tax transparency through sending a one-page personalised tax receipt to 10 million individual taxpayers.

Ministers to visit China for Inaugural Strategic Economic Dialogue

The Treasurer Joe Hockey and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb will travel to China over the weekend for the inaugural Australia-China Strategic Economic Dialogue.