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.

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.


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