MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS:

It’s great to have the Prime Minister in south east Melbourne, in the heartland of Victorian manufacturing. South east Melbourne produces 44 per cent of Victoria’s manufacturing output and manufacturing in this area employs in excess of 90,000 people.

In this part of the state, everything is produced, from ice cream, to trains, and from bolts to buses and everything in between. So it’s great to have the Prime Minister’s interest in Victoria’s manufacturing sector.

Turnbull Government funding for The Smith Family’s pioneering Learning for Life program is already delivering targeted interventions and support for 3,000 of Australia’s most disadvantaged young people.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Education and Training tonight met Learning for Life graduates at a ceremony in Melbourne to mark their achievements.

TOM ELLIOT:

Good afternoon, Prime Minister.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good afternoon, Tom. Good to be with you.

TOM ELLIOT:

Have you looked at the Victorian Government’s policy announcements today on housing affordability?

PRIME MINISTER:

PRIME MINISTER:

This is a very important meeting. We have so many issues we have to address across the Indian Ocean. As you know, while there is enormous amount of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, East Asia, South-East Asia areas, there has been less done across the Indian Ocean. So this is a very good opportunity for all of the nations around the Indian Ocean rim to get together.

PRIME MINISTER:

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We thank you so much for the welcome from you and the people of Indonesia have shown us here at this first IORA’s Leaders’ Summit and the 20th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association. Leaders have come together and it has been a very successful summit and we thank you for your leadership.

We thank you President Zuma as the other member of our Troika and look forward to the next IORA summit being held in South Africa.

PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you very much.

I too, acknowledge that we are on the land of the Ngunnawal People and we acknowledge their elders past and present and as we have just heard, acknowledge all the Aboriginal men and women who have served Australia and your uniforms here, the uniforms of the Australian Defence Force serving now and serving in years past and making the supreme sacrifice to keep us free.

PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you very much, Michael, it is wonderful to be here. I look forward to having a discussion with Laura Tingle, the Australian Financial Review’s political editor.

And thank you, Michael, for your endorsement of my economic agenda and your concern that it is not being sufficiently widely embraced just underlines the need for more people to read the Australian Financial Review. 

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