PRIME MINISTER:

I’m thrilled to be here with my colleagues, the Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor and Senator Ian McDonald, the Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan and the Queensland Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham and the Mayor of Townsville City Council, to announce the appointment of Watpac as the managing contractor for this $250 million North Queensland Stadium.

More than three quarters of the work on North Queensland Stadium will be completed by the local community, giving business the opportunity to expand and create local jobs for the region.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Queensland State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill today announced Watpac had been appointed managing contractor to build the $250 million stadium.

The Turnbull Government today confirmed that it will build Western Sydney Airport.

Details of the Turnbull Government’s plan to build Western Sydney Airport will be announced by the Treasurer in the Budget next week.

This follows today’s announcement by Sydney Airport Group, the owner of Kingsford Smith Airport, that it will not take up the opportunity under its ‘right of first refusal’ to build and operate the new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.

The Turnbull Government will introduce real needs-based school funding, and increase investment as part of a new initiative that will give Australian students the quality education they deserve.

The Government will commit an additional $18.6 billion for Australia’s schools over the next decade, starting from 2018. It will be distributed according to a model of fair, needs-based and transparent funding. This investment will be tied to school reforms which are proven to boost student results.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good afternoon. I’m joined today by the Education Minister Simon Birmingham and David Gonski.

In the interests of our children and our grandchildren the time has come to bring the school funding wars to an end and to focus with renewed energy on ensuring that all our children have great schools and great teachers so that they can realise their full potential.

TOM ELLIOTT:

Mr Turnbull, good afternoon.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good afternoon.

TOM ELLIOTT:

Gonski 2.0 - just six years ago in 2011 we had Gonski, I guess 1.0, from then Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Why do we need another report like this?

PRIME MINISTER:

BELINDA VARISCHETTI:

Good afternoon Prime Minister.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good afternoon, great to be with you.

BELINDA VARISCHETTI:

Now the Government has been locked in a school funding dispute with the states who have been calling for the Commonwealth to stump up the full funding recommended under ‘Gonski 1’ if you like. How far does this announcement go to bring that dispute to an end?

PRIME MINISTER:

DAVID KOCH:

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joins me now, good to see you.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good to see you, Kochie.

DAVID KOCH:

Sort of a little bit of smoke and mirrors here isn’t it? You’re giving back a bit of what you’ve already cut.

PRIME MINISTER:

No what we’re doing is we’re providing a substantial additional amount of funding. I mean Labor had -

DAVID KOCH:

From what you promised.

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