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Australia focused on MH17 crash site, not sanctions: PM Abbott

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:20

Australia`s priority was gaining access to the crash site of downed Flight MH17 in Ukraine, not imposing sanctions on Russia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today.

Putin and Australia`s Abbott discuss MH17 probe

Last Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 01:20

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday discussed how an international probe could be set up into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, in which 28 Australians were killed.

Australia PM defends treatment of migrants held on boat

Last Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 13:51

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday said his government`s treatment of a boatload of 157 asylum-seekers who have been kept at sea for weeks would underline its resolve to stop people-smuggling.

Human remains still at MH17 crash site: Australia PM

Last Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:04

More that a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine human remains are still at the crash site, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday.

Australia to send troops to Ukraine to secure MH17 crash site: PM Abbott

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014, 13:39

Australia will send 100 additional police and some defence force personnel to Europe to join a planned Dutch-led international security force to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday.

Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland: Govt source

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:40

Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, a government source told a news agency.

Australian PM fears MH17 bodies will never return

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 15:26

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday said that the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was still not secure and feared that the bodies of some Australian victims will never return.

Angry Australia PM says Ukraine crash probe resembles ``garden clean-up``

Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 16:19

Australia`s Prime Minister voiced deep concern on Monday that Russian-backed rebels remained in control of the crash site of a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine, saying the site looked more like a "garden clean-up" than a forensic investigation.

Obama, Abbott for transparent investigation into plane crash

Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 14:15

US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have called for a prompt, full, unimpeded and transparent international probe into the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine.

Australia PM urges `respect` for MH17 victims

Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 01:05

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday demanded that the bodies of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed be "treated with respect" and said he feared interference with evidence would continue.

Cameron demands Russia cease support for Ukrainian rebels

Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 01:05

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday demanded that Russia end its support for the rebels in Ukraine, arguing that Russia`s policies destabilised the country and created the conditions that appear to have led to the downing of Malaysian Airways flight MH17.

Action not words needed to boost growth, Australia tells G20

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:15

Abbott said that Australia was asking G20 nations to push harder on their growth plans, so they could meet their pledge to add 2.0 percent to GDP over the next five years.