LEON BYNER:

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called in. Prime Minister, the other day you gave a speech to the Press Club saying that electricity was a very urgent matter. It is. Are you surprised to hear what happened yesterday in this state?

PRIME MINISTER:

PRIME MINISTER: Now more than ever, Australians need affordable and reliable electricity, affordable and reliable energy, as we meet our emissions reductions targets.

We’ve seen in South Australia in 41-degrees heat, what happens when governments follow an ideological approach to energy, with no plan; complacently assuming that things would sort themselves out, without putting in place the measures to secure their electricity network.

Today the Turnbull Government has taken the first step in the biggest reforms to the management of parliamentarians expenses in more than a generation.

We have established the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) which will be set up in two phases - first as an interim executive agency which will begin work on 3 April 2017 and then, subject to the passage of legislation, as a statutory authority from 1 July 2017.

WILL GOODINGS:

Prime Minister, good morning to you.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good morning, great to be with you.

DAVID PENBERTHY:

Mr Turnbull, thanks very much for your time. Now everybody knows that the situation here in South Australia is completely unacceptable. Is there a role for Canberra in finding a solution? And if so, what do you think that solution is?

PRIME MINISTER:

PRIME MINISTER:

Wow, it’s hot!

[Laughter]

Well I’m here with Ann Sudmalis, the Member for Gilmore and with John Lamont. Now this company, Nowchem, was founded by your parents 40 years ago?

JOHN LAMONT:

Correct.

PRIME MINISTER:

A great Australian company. A family business that has been creating jobs here in Gilmore for all those years. And it’s an exporting company. Talk about the markets you’re moving into with your baby products.

I am pleased to welcome Prime Minister the Honourable Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe to Australia from 13 – 17 February 2017.

This year we celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between our two nations, a strong friendship bolstered by community links and growing economic cooperation.

As Indian Ocean nations, we share a strategic vision for a prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific. Our continued collaboration will strengthen our relationship for the benefit of both nations.

Australia condemns North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch which is a clear breach of United Nations Security Council Resolutions and a further threat to regional and global peace and stability.

Australia calls on North Korea to cease its provocative behaviour, abandon its nuclear and missile programs and engage constructively with the international community.  There is a pressing need to improve the welfare of North Korea’s impoverished people, rather than divert resources to develop nuclear weapons and missiles.

I will travel to New Zealand to attend the annual Australia New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting on 17 February in Queenstown.

I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Bill English for the first time since he took office in December last year.

The Treasurer and the Industry, Innovation and Science Minister will accompany me, reflecting our desire to strengthen the economic relationship.

The visit will be an opportunity to further advance Trans-Tasman links and deepen our collaboration with one of our closest partners.

Thank you, Shelley and thank you Tina and your family for that really moving Welcome to Country.

Yoonggu gulanyin ngalawiri, dhunayi, Ngoonawal dhowrrra.

Today we are meeting together on Ngunnawal country and we acknowledge and pay our respects to their elders.

I acknowledge and pay my deep respects to your people, the Ngunnawal people, who as you said Tina, have walked these lands, and met on these lands, forever, for time beyond our imagination, for time out of mind.

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