Thank you for honouring us, and by your service of Australia, your love of Australia, your commitment to ensuring that your fellow Australians have even greater prospects, greater opportunities in the year ahead.
Thank you John for the acknowledgment of country. We’re on Jagera and Yugarabul country here and we all acknowledge our First Australians and Elders, past, present and emerging.
The announcement overnight that the Trans Pacific Partnership is going ahead is great news. It’s great news for jobs. More trade, more exports, means more Australian jobs.
This a landmark deal for trade in our region. Australian businesses and farmers will now have more opportunities to export their food, fibre and services to more customers, more easily.
Prime Minister you mentioned in your speech that there are doomsayers out there about the health of the Reef. I mean, do you consider he reports that 50 per cent of the Reef being killed by bleaching, do you consider that doom-saying?
So all up, this is just under $60 million. It is an example of my government’s commitment to the health of the Reef.
Hey look, before we get started on really important announcements, congratulations to Suzy Batkovic from the Townsville Fire. What a big win!
Joining us right now on the show, it is the Prime Minister himself – Mal – as I like to call him – or Malcolm Turnbull. Good morning Mal.
The Turnbull Government will support world-first research to secure the viability of the Great Barrier Reef and the 64,000 jobs that rely on its prosperity.
The $60 million investment will boost the number of vessels targeting crown-of-thorns starfish and the number of field officers to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
The funding will also provide incentives for farmers to reduce pollution flowing into the reef.
Today I'm introducing legislation to counter the threat of foreign states exerting improper influence over our system of government and our political landscape.
When I initiated a report into this in August last year, through my department, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation had made significant investigative breakthroughs and delivered a series of very grave warnings.
But our agencies lacked the legislative tools they needed to act. And it's fair to say that our system as a whole had not grasped the nature and the magnitude of the threat.
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
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