PRIME MINISTER:

Good afternoon. Today we are announcing that we are abolishing the 457 Visas. We are ensuring that Australian jobs and Australian values are first, placed first.

Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. We are truly an immigration nation. Today and in years past. Snowy Mountains scheme built by 100,000 workers who came, many of them, from war shattered Europe.

ROSS GREENWOOD:

Let’s now go to Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull who is online right now, many thanks for your time Prime Minister.

PRIME MINISTER:

Yeah great to be with you.

ROSS GREENWOOD:

Can I just say the headline of this: ‘Putting Australian Workers First’, it did resonate something of Donald Trump in his inauguration speech, basically saying it was time to put American workers first and America first, is that what you’re trying to pick up?

The Turnbull Government is repairing gas markets, making sure more and more affordable gas is delivered to Australian homes and businesses.

The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Ministers Frydenberg, Canavan and Sinodinos today met with gas industry executives and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) Chief Executive, to work through both the short term and long term challenges facing households and business in getting access to gas at reasonable prices.

The Turnbull Government will strengthen Australian citizenship by putting Australian values at the heart of citizenship processes and requirements.

Our reforms will ensure applicants are competent in English, have been a permanent resident for at least four years and commit to embracing Australian values.

The Commonwealth, Tasmania and Launceston City Council have signed an historic City Deal to create jobs, boost wages and drive a strong economic future for the North.

The centrepiece of the deal is the $260 million commitment to move the University of Tasmania’s main Launceston campus to Inveresk near the city centre.

This goes hand-in-hand with the City Deal’s $19.4 million support for Launceston’s City Heart project, which will rejuvenate Launceston’s historic CBD. The first milestone payment is expected in August 2017.

The Turnbull and Hodgman Governments will begin expanding the Tasmanian Hydro System to provide affordable, reliable electricity as we transition to a lower emissions future.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will work with Hydro Tasmania on feasibility studies to assess several new pumped hydro energy storage schemes that could deliver up to 2,500MW of storage capacity for the National Electricity Market, as well as examining expansion of the Tarraleah and Gordon Power Stations.

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