PRIME MINISTER: Well, g’day everyone. Welcome to the Lodge, and I particularly want to acknowledge the Ngunnawal people. I'd like to acknowledge elders past and present and pay my respect to them and in particular, those who are emerging. And can I acknowledge all other Aboriginal peoples from right around the country because many have gathered here today and it's so wonderful to have you here at this residence.

PRIME MINISTER: Well, thank you so much, especially to you Aunty Agnes. Thank you for welcoming my family and to Ken and to Ben and to his family as well. Can I particularly start by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people and I acknowledge their elders past and present and emerging as well, which we are so excited about. The emerging young Indigenous leaders that are there that I have met all around the country and I think fill you with hope and I think fill the nation with hope about how they see the future and how they see a future together.

PRIME MINISTER: Welcome everyone. We’re just still waiting on Anne, I think Anne might have been delayed this morning, I know she’s been very active in dealing with matters particularly out in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island and I hope we will see her shortly.

PETA CREDLIN: Thank you for your time tonight, PM I know you've got a lot on your plate. I'll get to the issue of bushfires in just a moment, but I can't let it go unremarked that with Australia Day almost upon us, this is about the time ever January that prime ministers usually take to the National Press Club to lay out their priorities for the year ahead. Now, I know a lot of thought goes into these speeches and if you're prepared to look at them carefully, you'll see a strategic plan for the next 12 months that usually is laid out.

Australian businesses have proved they are getting the message — veterans are good for business. Following the largest number of nominations received for the annual Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards, the 24 finalists were today announced.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the finalists, spread across eight categories, demonstrated how veterans are excelling in the civilian workforce, and how businesses are supporting them and their families.

The 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are now open for entries until 28 February 2020.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Awards recognise the outstanding work by Australian authors and acknowledge the importance of literature in the cultural life of the nation.

“I am pleased to announce entries are now open for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and encourage our nation’s many great writers to submit their work,” said the Prime Minister.

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