Tony Abbott

Accusation from Tony Abbott that Russia is 'washing its hands' of any responsibility for MH17 crash

Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Russia of attempting to wash its hands of any responsibility for the MH17 disaster and blamed pro-Russian forces for blocking access to the crash site.

Military scientists and engineers appeal to Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a replica of a F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The jobs cull is expected to cut the DSTO's technical team for the plane from six scientists to two.

Noel Towell Military scientists and engineers have appealed directly to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts.

Tony Abbott ready to send defence forces to Iraq

Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny Australian defence forces could once again be involved in military action in a ''rapidly deteriorating'' Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed, after his first bilateral meeting with US...

High Court school chaplaincy funding ruling forces Tony Abbott to rely on states

Jane Lee, Benjamin Preiss, Matthew Knott The Abbott government will have to grant $243.5 million to state and territory governments to continue its national schools chaplaincy program after a Queensland father successfully challenged its...

Breakfast with Tony Abbott and friends - for $11,000

Tony Abbott having morning tea at the ACT Carers ACT Headquarters in Canberra in 2012.

James Massola Business people have been offered the chance to hear from Prime Minister Tony Abbott over bacon and eggs and sip tea with senior staff - but doing so will cost a cool $11,000 per person.

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Federal reform to come in small steps, says Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Tony Abbott has admitted some audit commission recommendations aimed at reforming the federation, such as a plan to allow the bigger states to keep the tax revenue raised in their jurisdictions,...

New tax on rich could seal Tony Abbott's fate

Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses the media after the release of the National Commission of Audit Report.

Tom Allard Could it become become known as the "Abbott moment", when a prime minister cursed his political fate and consigned his government to one term?

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Has Tony Abbott gone mad?

Fairfax Media writer

Paul Sheehan Is Tony Abbott mad? Or is he brave? Or crazy-brave? On the eve of the day that could permanently define or debilitate his authority as Prime Minister, these questions come to mind given the...

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Tony Abbott says he can't guarantee that university costs won't double due to slashed funding

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22:  Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott speaks  during the Australian Socceroos Official Farewell Dinner at Sydney Opera House on May 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Socceroos will head to Brazil next week ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Heath Gilmore, Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to rule out university fees doubling because of his government's deregulation of the sector, as some institutions suggest the rises will be much greater due to...

Tony Abbott and the truth - will their paths ever cross?

What is it with Tony Abbott in his inability to accept manifest truths if they don't suit him?  He continues to deny established climate science.

Unemployed have 'no right to hold out for dream job': PM Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott says the unemployed can't wait for the dream job.

Michaela Whitbourn Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared that people on unemployment benefits have "no right" to hold out for their dream job and should take any position they are reasonably able to do.

Tony Abbott should be prepared for doubts in Washington

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17:  Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott watches as U.S. President Barack Obama inspects ties presented to him by the only Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt (R), in the House of Representatives chamber at Parliament House on the second day of his 2-day visit to Australia, on November 17, 2011 in Canberra, Australia. The President will this afternoon fly to Darwin to lay a wreath at the USS Peary Memorial, and visit the RAAF base, where US Army Air Force units were established during World War II.  (Photo by Alan Porritt-Pool/Getty Images)

Nick O'Malley As foreign affairs officials in Canberra planned Tony Abbott's visit to Washington next week, another Australian was already here, quietly checking the vital signs of Australia's most important...

Paris at dawn for our spokesman, Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Sally Willoughby He has cycled the grounds of Tokyo's Imperial Palace and been spotted on the steep incline of Red Hill behind Parliament House.

Tony Abbott defends United States meetings schedule

Tony Abbott Normandy

Jonathan Swan and Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has defended not holding talks with key economic leaders in Washington and New York this week amid claims he has deliberately snubbed them after initially checking their availability.

Tony Abbott targets Canadian retirement savings for investment

Prime Minister Tony Abbott laid a wreath at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Brettoneux in France on Saturday 7 June May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Kenny Unlocking hundreds of billions of dollars held in the giant Canadian retirement savings sector is a key objective of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's lightning visit to Ottawa on Sunday and Monday in the...

Rebel MPs defy Tony Abbott and George Brandis on race hate laws

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

Jonathan Swan Coalition MPs are secretly defying Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis by drafting an alternative proposal for changes to the race hate laws.

Tony Abbott says top soldier Peter Cosgrove top pick for leadership

Prime Minister Tony Abbott appoints Peter Cosgrove as the next Governor-General of Australia at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott says appointing Australia's former top soldier as governor-general was a case of the best person for the job and installing someone who could deliver leadership beyond politics.

Tony Abbott ready to pull the plug on ABC's foreign service

Heath Aston, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given a clear indication the government is moving towards stripping the ABC of its foreign broadcast service, the Australia Network.

Tony Abbott won't say if lifeboat found in Indonesia transported asylum seekers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott won't say whether a lifeboat pictured aground in Indonesia was used by Australian authorities to send back asylum seekers.

Tony Abbott insincere on award conditions at SPC

Ben Schneiders.

Ben Schneiders Workers at SPC Ardmona are hardly likely to be eating oysters and drinking champagne for breakfast each day.