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.

Australia and New Zealand will work together to tackle chronic disease, advance general health care and improve the accuracy and availability of GPS signals as part of our commitment to increase collaboration on research and innovation.

Today the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, and the New Zealand Minister for Economic Development, Transport and Communications, Simon Bridges, signed a treaty-level Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement at the Australia New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting in Queenstown.

Prime Minister the Rt Hon Bill English and Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP met in Queenstown on 17 February 2017 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting. Prime Minister English and Dr Mary English warmly welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull and Ms Lucy Turnbull to New Zealand. The visit is an opportunity for the leaders to discuss a wide range of issues, underlining the enduring strength and depth of trans-Tasman ties.

Prime Minister of New Zealand: Can I welcome you Prime Minister, and the economic ministers. We’re very fortunate to be in this part of the world, beside each other and beside the better performing economies in the developed world - particularly the Australian economy, 25 years without a recession. It is a great opportunity today to hear from our four economic ministers here about the different aspects of policy that we’re undergoing to sustain this positive and increasingly [inaudible] economic outlook. So we’re looking forward to it.

Good morning, Nigel Scullion and I have been honoured to be in the company of the men and women who defended Darwin 75 years ago when the war came to Australia, when the people of this city, the servicemen and women of Australia and the United States stood firm against the onslaught. And we were there with the leaders of Australia, the territory and the city honouring their sacrifice and their service, remembering that strong Alliance too between Australia and the United States which stood firm in those dark days and stands firm today.

Your Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove and all the many other veterans who are here today, the servicemen and women of Australia and the United States.

We are here today gathered as the Governor-General acknowledged on the land of the Larrakia people to remember the day 75 years ago in 1942, when a formation of silver flecks, glinting in the mid-morning sun, appeared over the horizon.

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