Tony Abbott spent much of his first day in the Torres Straits on Murray Island, traditionally known as Mer, where he was welcomed to country with traditional dance by the Meriam people.
The trip fulfils one of Mr Abbott's election promises to run the country for one week every year from an Indigenous community.
Mr Abbott is being joined by Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Alan Tudge and secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Michael Thawley.
Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.
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