PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you very much Aunty Jannette for always a very warm Welcome to Country.

Mr Speaker, Tony Smith, Deputy President, Ministerial and Parliamentary colleagues, the Leader of the Opposition, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives from Cricket Australia, the PM’s XI Australian Cricket Team and Sri Lankan Team, Papua New Guinea Cricket Team, Canberra XI Cricket Team.

PRIME MINISTER:

Prime Minister, welcome to Australia on your first official visit as Prime Minister. And congratulations on your honourary doctorate from Deakin University. It is great to welcome you and Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe here and all of your colleagues.

We have 70 years of diplomatic relations and so many strong ties going much further in history than that.

PRIME MINISTER:

I’m here with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka. We've had a very fruitful discussion, reflecting the very deep relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka.

We are Indian Ocean neighbours and we have a shared interest in a secure, stable and prosperous region. In particular, safe and open Indian Ocean trade routes are critically important to both our nations and it's fitting then that maritime cooperation is such an important focus.

TIM SHAW:
I’m pleased to say that the Prime Minister, half an hour before he greets the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, has taken the time to speak to us this morning. Prime Minister Turnbull, good morning.

PRIME MINISTER:
Good morning, great to be with you.

TIM SHAW:
Are you hoping to get a win over your Sri Lankan counterpart who is visiting Canberra today?

  1. Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka paid an official visit to Australia from 13 -17 February 2017 at the invitation of Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, accompanied by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping and Hon. (Dr). Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you very much and good evening. I am delighted to be back.

[Laughter]

I’m delighted to be the 8th Prime Minister to host a PM’s XI - one of the great highlights of the summer.

It’s wonderful to see so many of you here supporting cricket here in the ACT with such enthusiasm. Let’s give a round of applause for the victors of the match that’s just finished. Charles Lepani, the dean of the diplomatic corp, is extremely pleased.

PRIME MINISTER:

75 years ago Singapore fell to the Imperial forces of Japan.

It was a shattering moment - Australians had believed the might of the Royal Navy and the guns of Singapore’s island fortress would keep us safe.

Its fall began, as Curtin said, the battle for Australia.

Almost 1,800 Australians died and more than 1,300 were wounded in the fight for Malaya and the defence of Singapore.

The Turnbull Government has reaffirmed its strong commitment to energy security by providing $54 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to support a large-scale solar development with the potential for pumped hydro storage. 

Developing storage technology for renewables is important for stabilising the grid as electricity can still be used when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing.

The solar development will take place at Genex Power’s Kidston Renewable Energy Hub, 270km north-west of Townsville.

PRIME MINISTER: The New Zealand firefighting is a continuation of that great Anzac spirit. And obviously we are very very sad, as you are, from the death of the helicopter pilot that served in Afghanistan - and one of the veterans I was speaking to there served in Afghanistan.

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