Today, we mark an important date in our history: the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

At 9.58am on 19 February, 1942, Japanese aircraft began bombing the city of Darwin.

We remember that more than 240 people were killed during two attacks on that day. The bombing was indiscriminate, killing military and civilian, men and women, young and old.

It remains the single largest and most devastating attack by a foreign power on our nation and it brought war to Australian shores for the first time.

Good morning and what a beautiful morning it is. We have concluded our visit with a walk along the lake with Prime Minister English and Dr Mary English. It has been a very valuable visit, very valuable discussions.

Both Australia and New Zealand are committed to free trade and we will continue making the case for opening more markets for both our nations in all the international forums.

We have discussed security. Our strategic commitments work together in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world and especially in our region.

I am looking forward, with Lucy, to welcoming the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his wife, Mrs Sara Netanyahu, to Australia.

This is a historic visit - the first by an Israeli Prime Minister - and it demonstrates the strength of our relationship and its importance to both countries.

The friendship between Israel and Australia dates back to the establishment of Israel in 1948. It is anchored in our shared values, commitment to democracy and mutual interest in a rules-based international system and an open, global economy.

STEVE MILLS: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joining us on the radio. Good morning to you, sir.

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

STEVE MILLS: Must be nice to be back in the state. You had a dinner last night?

PRIME MINISTER: I did indeed yes, I had a dinner.

BASIL ZEMPILAS: Can we ask where the dinner was Prime Minister? And do you know any of the names of the 15 people who paid ten grand a pop to be there with you?

GEOFF HUTCHISON: Prime Minister welcome to WA, why haven’t you been to see us in the last six months?

PRIME MINISTER: Oh lots of work to do, a very busy Parliament getting a lot of stuff through. As you know, in the last six months, we’ve got more contentious legislation through the Senate than we had done in the previous three years, and some of that has been vitally important for Western Australia, particularly the restoration of the rule of law to the construction sector which is so important here in this state.

The Turnbull Government will invest $100 million in Navy related industrial infrastructure and sustainment in Western Australia between 2017 and 2020.

The investment in shipbuilding production lines and facilities, including wharves, jetties and cranes, will occur on both Defence Estate, particularly HMAS Stirling (Fleet Base West), and at the Henderson industrial precinct.

This will position the Henderson Shipyard to remain a world class and internationally competitive facility for many decades to come.

Good morning, and to all the visitors welcome to Sydney. It was a beautiful ride in this morning on the ferry, best $5.70 you could spend.

So, thank you Jennifer. The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, welcome Stephen, former Prime Minister of Canada. His Excellency Tony Negus, the Australian High Commissioner to Canada. His Excellency Paul Maddison, Canadian High Commissioner to Australia

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is finalising a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to develop a pumped hydro energy storage project in the Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia.

EnergyAustralia Managing Director Catherine Tanna today briefed the Government’s Energy Committee of Cabinet on the project - one of a range of emerging cost-effective technologies that can help deliver security and stability in the electricity grid. 


Welcome to the Energy Committee of the Cabinet and welcome, Cath Tanna, CEO of Energy Australia.

We know that there is nothing more important than ensuring that Australian households can afford to pay their bills and Australian businesses can employ and invest than having affordable and reliable energy.

We’ve seen in South Australia what happens when you have unaffordable and unreliable energy –the most expensive and least reliable electricity in Australia.


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