2015 - 2018

The Turnbull Government adopted a strong economic agenda, which lead to national growth and record job creation on the back of personal and company tax cuts and championed free trade, through bilateral and multilateral trade deals such as Trans Pacific Partnership TPP-11.

During the Turnbull Government same-sex marriage was legalised, Australia embarked on the largest peace-time expansion and modernisation of its defence forces and defence industry, and the school funding model was overhauled, adopting a needs-based approach.

The way Australian federal Government works with state and local authorities was also radically changed, through a series of City Deals, with one deal leading to the commencement of construction of a new Airport in Western Sydney.

The Turnbull Government also started the construction of the Snowy Hydro 2.0 pumped hydro scheme, which will be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and also identified the opportunity for similar pumped storage systems in Tasmania.

Some of the achievements of the Turnbull Government included:

  • A strong record of jobs growth. In 2017, 403,100 more Australians found employment – at the rate of more than 1,000 new jobs a day. This was the most new jobs created in a calendar year on record

  • Tax cuts for small and medium enterprises, helping 3.2 million businesses employing 6.7 million Australians to get ahead and create more jobs

  • Extending the Instant Asset write-off, used by 300,000 small businesses each year to invest in new equipment and machinery

  • An innovation and science agenda, which resulted in 3,000 new investments in over 300 early stage innovation companies

  • Tackling union lawlessness, including restoring the ABCC (a tough building industry watchdog to tackle CFMEU thuggery), a ban on secret and corrupting payments between business and unions, and creation of a new Registered Organisations Commission to make unions as transparent to their members and the public

  • A new National Energy Guarantee to deliver more affordable and reliable energy, plus enabling the largest renewable project in half a century Snowy Hydro 2.0

  • Landmark reform of Australia’s competition law – to help small companies compete with big business

  • The 2016 Defence White Paper which will secure Australia in the 21st century

  • A defence industry plan, which included building 54 new ships and which backs local advanced manufacturing and create thousands of ongoing jobs

  • Boosting resources for our security agencies (now co-ordinated by a new Department of Home Affairs), introducing numerous tranches of tougher anti-terror laws

  • Continuing our strong border protection and overseeing the release of all children from onshore immigration detention (which compares with Labor’s record of 8,469 children in detention)

  • New laws to close loopholes for multinationals, which have resulted in an additional $4 billion tax raised from multinationals last year

  • Legislating to implement the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and continuing our push to boost exports, with a new Free Trade Agreement with Peru

  • Bringing our media laws into the digital age and ensuring local media outlets remain viable

  • Banning excessive surcharges on credit cards to protect Australian consumers

  • Implementing a record $75 billion investment in infrastructure, including congestion busting road and rail projects across Australia, along with important public transport projects, including the Gold Coast Light Rail, Sydney Metro and Melbourne Metro

  • The abolition of Bill Shorten’s truck tribunal (the RSRT) which was putting owner-operator truck drivers out of business

  • Legislation that protected volunteer firefighters from Victoria’s Country Fire Authority from hostile union takeover

  • Landmark reforms to help working parents with child care, including abolishing the $7,500 cap for families (incomes up to $185,000) and a new Child Care Subsidy, which means around one million families will be better off

  • A breakthrough agreement for schools funding, which replaces 27 secret deals and will provide needs based funding for all students and delivered an extra $23.4 billion, or an average 50% funding increase for the average student over a decade

  • Better immunisations, including successful implementation of the No Jab, No Pay policy has result in 210,000 extra children being immunised in the first year. Further, all 12 and 13 year olds will now get free protection against HPV virus

  • Taking action against domestic violence, with a record $275 million a year investment to improve frontline services; improve the legal system; ensure better, safer use of technology; and drive cultural change

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister from 15 September 2015 - 24 August 2018

Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia on 15 September 2015.

Malcolm was a Cabinet Minister in the Howard and Abbott Governments. He served as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources in the Howard Government and Minister for Communications in the Abbott Government. Malcolm also served as Leader of the Opposition from 2008 to 2009. Malcolm was the Member for Wentworth from 2004 until 2018.

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