PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you Alexander, and thank you all for being here this morning.

Thank you for your commitment to Australia, for your investments in Australia.

Thank you Sanjeev Gupta for your decision to acquire Arrium. You’re going down to Australia tonight for ten days, and we look forward to you completing that acquisition and providing the investment support and security for the people of Whyalla and the steelmaking operations there which are so important.

PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you Mr Soriot, Chief Executive of AstraZeneca. You’re the leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals in Australia and so committed to the excellence of your team in Australia and the big export business you’ve built out of Australia in this pharmaceutical industry. In advanced manufacturing, you’re investing another $100 million to expand your plant in Sydney.

That is great news. Congratulations, thank you. Now tell us all about it.

MR PASCAL SORIOT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ASTRAZENECA:

PRIME MINISTER:

Well it’s been a very successful visit to the G20, to France and to the United Kingdom.

At the G20 we were able to secure unanimous support for a strong statement on counter-terrorism and in particular on ensuring that there will not be ungoverned spaces online. That the rule of law will prevail online and offline. A very strong commitment.

PRIME MINISTER: It’s wonderful to be here in Cherbourg. I want to thank you Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, Minister Stéphane Travert, Minister for Agriculture, Vice Admiral Pascal Ausseur, the Maritime Prefect and Mr Benoît Arrivé, Mayor. Also from the Naval Group, Madame Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt, Mr Pierre Legros, Mr Vincent Martinot-Lagarde.

The Australian Defence Force will expand its role in assisting the states to respond to terrorist incidents under new changes being made by the Turnbull Government.

The overhaul will make it easier for Defence to work together with Federal, State and Territory Police in the event of a terrorist incident.

To stay ahead of the evolving threat of terrorism, the Turnbull Government reviewed Defence’s support to domestic counter-terrorism arrangements to ensure Australia has a co-ordinated and integrated response.

PRIME MINISTER:

I am very pleased to be here at Holsworthy to outline new measures to enhance Defence’s support of the national counter terrorism arrangements.

As you’ve seen we’ve been joined by the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and the TAG Force East Command, and we’re announcing the outcomes of the Government’s review into how we can enhance our military support to first responders in our state and territory police.

Thank you Pat and Mark and all of the Council for the report. We are very pleased to receive it after 18 months of your work. We’re not here of course to make a decision. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss with you the recommendation that you’ve made.

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