THE HON WILL HODGMAN MP, PREMIER OF TASMANIA: Firstly, can I welcome you all here today and thank our hosts, the beautiful west coast of Tasmania for providing an absolutely stunning Tasmanian day and a wonderful way to welcome our Prime Minister to the state. So to Scott, fantastic to have you here for today and tomorrow and to be able to talk about Tasmania now and importantly what we intend to do together to keep our state performing as strongly as it is economically and also to continue to make Tasmania as a great place to live, work and play.

Drought affected communities will soon see relief flowing in the form of $1 million in grants to Local Government areas to help stimulate regional and rural economies.

The Drought Communities Programme extension grant hub opened last week and drought impacted councils have already begun submitting their applications.

There are 1.2 million Australians who identify as having Chinese ancestry here in Australia today. They are larger than any other people of non-Anglo Saxon background in the country today and we cherish all of their contributions, in all its facets.

But I’m here because I’m passionate about small business. I’m passionate about Australians getting jobs and I’m passionate about the role that the many different ethnic communities right across Australia play in achieving those two things for Australia.

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