Prime Minister you mentioned in your speech that there are doomsayers out there about the health of the Reef. I mean, do you consider he reports that 50 per cent of the Reef being killed by bleaching, do you consider that doom-saying?
Well thanks Paul. Well Paul, thank you very much, thank you Penny, thank you Russell.
Hey look, before we get started on really important announcements, congratulations to Suzy Batkovic from the Townsville Fire. What a big win!
Joining us right now on the show, it is the Prime Minister himself – Mal – as I like to call him – or Malcolm Turnbull. Good morning Mal.
The Turnbull Government will support world-first research to secure the viability of the Great Barrier Reef and the 64,000 jobs that rely on its prosperity.
The $60 million investment will boost the number of vessels targeting crown-of-thorns starfish and the number of field officers to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
The funding will also provide incentives for farmers to reduce pollution flowing into the reef.
Today I'm introducing legislation to counter the threat of foreign states exerting improper influence over our system of government and our political landscape.
When I initiated a report into this in August last year, through my department, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation had made significant investigative breakthroughs and delivered a series of very grave warnings.
But our agencies lacked the legislative tools they needed to act. And it's fair to say that our system as a whole had not grasped the nature and the magnitude of the threat.
Our relationship is about shared values. It is built on shared values and common interests and we are seeking to achieve the same objective – as you’ve described it – of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The Japan-Australia relationship is remarkable for what has been achieved through our common interests and shared values.
It’s good to see the product of cooperation between the Self Defence Forces and the Australian Defence Force and also to look forward to further cooperation...
Over the past five years, Japan has become a beacon of political and economic stability in a world that is not well endowed with either.
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
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