THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT’S FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE
* September 7: Tony Abbott elected 28th prime minister of Australia.
* September 18: Ministry sworn in. Abbott criticised for having just one woman, Julie Bishop, in his cabinet. Operation Sovereign Borders starts.
* September 23: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and Lieutenant General Angus Campbell hold the first of their Operation Sovereign Borders briefings. The weekly press conferences are quietly dumped at the end of the year.
* September 30: Three weeks after the election Abbott makes his first trip to Indonesia. “It is in many respects our most important relationship,” he says.
* October 29: Abbott visits Tarin Kowt base in Afghanistan to declare a “bitter sweet end” to Australia’s deployment to the country. The last of the troops are pulled out before Christmas.
* November 13: Carbon tax repeal introduced to parliament. “This bill delivers on the coalition’s commitment to the Australian people to scrap the toxic tax,” Abbott says.
* November 18: Revelations that Australian spies tried to listen into the phone calls of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and senior ministers. The media reports prompt Indonesia to suspend all military co-operation with Australia.
* December 10: The government falls behind Labor in Newspoll for the first time since the election. Its stocks continue to fall in 2014.
* December 11: Holden announces it will close its local manufacturing operations by the end of 2017. Labor accuses the government of goading the car maker into leaving the country.
* December 27: Immigration Scott Morrison marks the first 100 days of Operation Sovereign Borders, saying: “The boats have not yet stopped by they are stopping”. The government refuses to confirm reports that it is now turning boats back to Indonesia.
* February 10: Toyota announces it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017, putting an end to the local industry.
* February 16: Three days of rioting breaks out at the Manus Island detention centre, killing Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati and injuring 62 others.
* March 17: Australia assumes co-ordination for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean, which Abbott describes as a “unfathomable mystery”. An extensive search off the West Australian coast fails to find any sign of the wreckage.
* March 19: Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos stands aside amid an ICAC investigation into his time as a director of Australian Water Holdings.
* March 20: Senate rejects the carbon tax repeal, with Labor and Greens voting down the bill. “We will not stop until the carbon tax is repealed,” Environment Minister Greg Hunt declares.
* March 25: Abbott announces Knights and Dames will be reintroduced to the Order of Australia honours list. “I believe this is an important grace note in our national life,” he says.
* March 25: Attorney-General George Brandis releases draft changes to the Racial Discrimination Act to remove the words insult, offend and humiliate. Australians have a right to be bigots, he says.
* April 5: Abbott embarks on trade mission to Asia. During the week-long trip he signs a free-trade agreement with South Korea, and finalises one with Japan. He also visits China for the first time as Prime Minister.
* April 5: The Liberal Party suffers a five per cent swing against it in the WA Senate election re-run, but all three of its senators are re-elected. Abbott dismisses the swing as a “typical by-election result”.
* April 24: The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge visit Canberra on their royal tour to Australia. Abbott tells the royal couple they are more popular than world champion surfer Kelly Slater during a function at Parliament House.
* May 13: Joe Hockey hands down the government’s first budget, which includes unpopular measures such as a GP co-payment, a deficit tax levy for high-income earners, increasing the age pension access age to 70, changing its indexation and cuts to welfare spending. “We are a nation of lifters, not leaners,” Hockey declares.
* May 21: Abbott lands himself in hot water for winking while taking a talkback call from a mature-age sex-line worker.
* June 12: Abbott meets President Barack Obama at the White House, where the pair discuss defence ties and their contrasting views on climate change.
* June 19: The government marks six months without an asylum seeker boat arrival. “I’m not declaring victory; there’s no hint of mission accomplished,” Abbott says.
* July 7: New Senate sits for the first time. A mix of conservative crossbenchers, led by the Palmer United Party, now hold the balance of power.
* July 8: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses parliament, before he and Abbott sign a free-trade agreement. Abbott urges the international community to give Japan a “fair go” as it seeks to reinterpret its pacifist constitution.
* July 17: The carbon tax finally repealed after long-running negotiations with the Palmer United Party. “The tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone,” Abbott tells the Australian people.
* July 18: Abbott leads international outrage at the shooting down of MH17 over eastern Ukraine, demanding Russia co-operate fully with an investigation into the tragedy. Australian police and military personnel play a key role in the recovery and identification of the 298 victims.
* August 5: Government announces overhaul of anti-terrorism laws to tackle home-grown extremists, and dumps proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act to preserve harmony in “Team Australia”.
* August 13: Joe Hockey is labelled out of touch after suggesting the poorest people don’t own cars. He later apologises for his defence of a plan to reintroduce indexation of the fuel excise.
* August 14: Unemployment reaches 6.4 per cent, its highest rate in 12 years.
* August 31: Abbott announces Australia will join an international airlift of military equipment to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic extremists in northern Iraq.
* September 2: The government reaches a deal with the Palmer United Party and other crossbenchers to repeal the mining tax.
* September 4: Abbott visits India to sign a uranium trade deal with Delhi.
* September 6: Abbott visits Malaysia.