Australia and China have agreed to enhanced cyber security cooperation following discussions between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs in Sydney on 21 April.

This follows Prime Minister Turnbull raising cyber-enabled intellectual property theft issues with Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to Australia in March.

The Australian Government will provide an additional $110 million over three years in humanitarian and stabilisation assistance for Iraq. This funding will help combat the Islamist terrorist group ISIS.

ISIS has now lost over 60% of the territory it once held in Iraq. More than two million people were liberated from its grasp in 2016. But there is more to be done.

PRIME MINISTER:

Here in the quiet dawn in the desert in the Middle East, over 500 Australians and New Zealanders gathered in quiet remembrance, as we do on Anzac Day at home and around the world to honour the sacrifice and the service of Australians and New Zealanders whose work, whose heroism, whose professionalism, whose courage, whose willingness to put their lives on the line, over generations, has kept us free.

I’m delighted to travel to the United States next month to meet with President Donald J Trump and to attend the 75th Battle of the Coral Sea commemorations in New York, hosted by the America-Australia Association (AAA).

Australia and the United States are enduring allies. Our alliance has been forged over many decades, through times of war and times of peace, securing our nations’ freedom and peace and security in the world.

The Turnbull Government will secure domestic gas supply with the introduction of export restrictions to ensure the Australian market has adequate supplies before exports are permitted.

The shortage of domestic gas supplies has resulted in dramatically higher prices in Australia - higher than prices paid in the markets to which Australian gas is being exported.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced additional disaster assistance for communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the associated rainfall and flooding.

Mr Turnbull said the Australian and Queensland Governments will jointly fund a $14.7 million Community Recovery Fund under Category C of the Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

PRIME MINISTER:

I am here with the Industry Minister, Arthur Sinodinos, the Resources Minister, Matt Canavan and today we have taken decisive action to protect Australian jobs.

What we have seen is the situation where so much gas is being exported that the domestic market is being drained of the gas it needs for industries like this, for households, for all of the demand on the east coast.

Now that is utterly unacceptable.

NEIL MITCHELL:

Mr Turnbull, good morning.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good morning.

NEIL MITCHELL:

Prime Minister, North Korea has written to ASEAN to ask South East Asian countries for their support and warned there could be a nuclear holocaust, that we are on the brink of war. Is it possible we are heading for nuclear war?

PRIME MINISTER:

There is the possibility and the risk that North Korea could launch an attack on its neighbours.

PRIME MINISTER:

Your Excellencies; Premier, Air Chief Marshal Binskin, Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Barrett, Senator Brandis, Amanda Rishworth, shadow minister for Defence Personnel and Senator McDonald. Mrs Valerie Fowler, the US Consul General, and Chargé D'Affaires James Carouso, Minister Miyashita from the Japanese Embassy, Admiral Scott Smith, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Mayor Jenny Hill and Mr Williams, President of the Townsville and District Naval Association.

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