Day one - Immigration Dept ordered to cease granting permanent protection visas
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Tony Abbott emailed this note to me and others who have asked to be kept informed of his progress tonight.
Here's the Prime Minister's report after his first day at work. It contains a couple of sentences that are arguably politically partisan. Thus I think the Prime Minister's decision that his political party authorise and release the letter - rather than use his office as Australia's Head of Government and the taxpayers' resources - was the correct decision and an important cultural symbol for the government.
Earlier today, my colleagues and I were sworn in by the Governor-General as the new Government.
We are mindful of the responsibility entrusted to us.
I want to assure you that we are already at work for you.
The work of the new Coalition Government is to help make your life better and our country stronger.
Shortly after returning from Government House, I instructed my Department to ready the carbon tax repeal legislation.
The carbon tax will be gone under a Coalition Government. This means Australian families will be better off by around $550 a year in 2014-15, rising to around $900 a year in 2019-20.
We have also taken immediate action on border protection by instructing the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to cease granting permanent protection visas.
We have also started the process of reintroducing Temporary Protection Visas to deny permanent residency to those who arrived in Australia illegally by boat prior to the Papua New Guinea resettlement arrangement.
I have also directed the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP to immediately commence Operation Sovereign Borders and appointed him as the lead Minister responsible for its implementation.
I am determined to lead a calm, measured, steady and purposeful government that says what it means and does what it says.
We will be a government that keeps its commitments: We will scrap the carbon tax, end the waste, stop the boats, get the Budget under control, build the roads of the 21st century and deliver the strong and dynamic economy that our country needs.
I thank you for your ongoing support.