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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP


24 November 2015

  • When innocent people are dying at the hands of violent extremists, no matter where in the world this is happening, hard questions are asked of societies like our own -- hard questions for which there are no easy answers.

  • Thank you very much Laurie, Neil, Bill and Christian Porter, standing in for Michaelia Cash. And can I just say that Michaelia Cash’s leadership on this issue has been outstanding. And it is wonderful to see so many of my other colleagues here, and of course, representatives of the media as well.

23 November 2015

  • Mr Speaker that is why, when I spoke with both President Francoise Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, I conveyed not just the heartfelt sympathy but the unwavering solidarity of all Australian people with the people of France. We are, though, Mr Speaker, forever reminded that terrorism is not only a problem for the West.

22 November 2015

  • I’m delighted to be in Malaysia and I want to join Prime Minister Najib in announcing our strategic partnership between Australia and Malaysia. And, as you said Prime Minister, this does take our relationship to an even higher level – a very strong relationship that is built on people to people ties, on trade, on education, on defence.

  • The focus of these discussions in the course of yesterday and today has been very much directed at the issue of countering violent extremism. The attacks in Paris and Bamako in very recent days of course have focused attention on that. As you know, we’ve been working for some time with our partners in the region – including our host Malaysia – on countering violent extremism and sending out what the Prime Minister of Malaysia would call counter messaging. 

20 November 2015

19 November 2015

  • Prime Minister: Can say I have been pleased to have really good discussions here, both in the general meetings and in the bilaterals and one-on-ones. The commitment to strong economic growth in the region is very, very real.

  • Prime Minister: Thank you very much Mr President and as the debate’s been going on, I will endeavour to be brief, although I have often said that the only statement from a politician that you can always rely on to be misleading is the opening remarks so I will be brief. But, I will do my best not to disappoint you.

  • Prime Minister: In terms of climate change, on which many speakers have addressed us, including Mr Barack Obama, Australia is committed to an outcome. As the President described, at Paris, we are taking a substantial emissions cut target and it is one which represents on a per capita basis, a 50 per cent cut in emissions by 2020. Which is a substantial figure, I think, second only to Brazil.

18 November 2015

  • Prime Minister: We’ve been a very sad little party here in Manila, to learn of the fires in Esperance in Western Australia and of four deaths. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who've lost their loved ones in this bushfire and our great admiration is with the firefighters and the SES of Western Australia as they battle against the fires.


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