As Steven has said, this has been a multibillion-dollar project and the Commonwealth now will have invested and committed over half a billion dollars to this project since when it first commenced.

What I’m here today to do is to talk about how we’re going to be supporting our regional communities, not just here in Bert’s community of Forde, not just here at this farm, but in farms like it and orchards and other horticultural operations all around the country.

It’s good business to employ veterans. It’s good for businesses, it’s good for veterans, it’s good for our economy, it’s good for our community.

Today we lock in $112 million for the 6.4 kilometre extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads.

We’re backing Queenslanders with economy building and congestion busting infrastructure. 

Extending the light rail from Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads is a vital step to supporting a growing city like the Gold Coast, connecting communities to the services they need.

We want to translate Australia’s culture of respect for veterans into action. Employers across the country are hunting for the sorts of skills and experience our service men and women gain through their service.

Prime Minister, it’s such a pleasure to have you here at Bloomberg and in conversation with the Asia Society today after what’s been a great day of debate and conversation.

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