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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP


25 January 2016

  • Friends, here we are on the eve of Australia Day. There has never been a more exciting time to be a finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year finals! Now Lucy and I are really delighted to welcome you to The Lodge today, this is the first function at The Lodge since it has been renovated and since we moved in so you could say this is our housewarming party so we’re thrilled that you’re here!

20 January 2016

  • To build on our already close cyber cooperation, our two nations will hold an annual Australia-US Cyber Security Dialogue. This new dialogue, to be jointly convened by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the US Centre for Strategic and International Studies, will engage senior representatives from both countries’ business, academic and government sectors to discuss common cyber threats, promote cyber security innovation and shape new business opportunities.

19 January 2016

  • But let me say to you, the United States has every reason to be filled with optimism and enthusiasm for the future. We live in the most exciting times in human history. The pace of change has never been so rapid. We have seen remarkable changes in our lifetimes that would have been unimaginable a few generations ago. Forty years ago, when I first came to the United States, China was barely a participant in the global economy, barely engaged. 

  • Thank you very much, Barack.  You've been very hospitable and generous in inviting me to Washington this month.  And your agencies have been very open.  We've had very productive discussions with the Defense Secretary, Ash Carter.  Together, we went to Arlington and paid our respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and recalled the comradeship over a hundred years of Australians and Americans fighting side by side in freedom's cause.

18 January 2016

  • Mr Prime Minister, you have warmed the hearts of this audience which is, I think, the largest audience that I have seen at CSIS which is remarkable because it is, as you mentioned, a federal holiday here, honouring Martin Luther King, and, it is about 5 degrees outside.

  • Thank you very much for that very warm welcome and thank you very much indeed for coming out to this speech on your public holiday, on Martin Luther King Day.

  • On 17 January, the Prime Minister visited Australian Defence Force and civilian personnel working in Afghanistan and thanked them for their service. Australians serving in Afghanistan are playing a vital role supporting the security and development of Afghanistan. 

17 January 2016

  • I want to thank you very much for what you’re doing representing Australia, representing Australia so admirably, so professionally. Our whole effort in Afghanistan is of critical importance to Afghanistan’s future.

  • Your work is also very important for Australia. Afghanistan seems a very long way away. I know at times you’ll feel it’s an extra long way away, you’re missing home, and you’re missing your family and your loved ones. But the challenges that we face in maintaining global security in the face of violent extremism, in the face of terrorism, is a genuinely global effort.

  • On 16 January, the Prime Minister visited Australian Defence Force and civilian personnel in Iraq and thanked them for their service.


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