Official plans for the nine-year Australian War Memorial Development Project have been unveiled, outlining how the contemporary story of service and sacrifice will be told to future generations.

The Prime Minister said the Australian War Memorial told key stories of our nation.

“This Project is about ensuring the stories of an entire new generation of service are told and remembered alongside those that inspired their own  sacrifice and to do the same for  future generations,” the Prime Minister said.

PRIME MINISTER: Great to be here in Adelaide with you and your listeners.

LEON BYNER: Now look, there's $415 million, we're told, that is going to be spent pretty quickly. We're going to move these projects up, the infrastructure projects. How much of this is new money? How much of it, the $415 million?

The South Australian economy will be boosted by a $415 million infrastructure package to bust congestion and make regional roads safer.

The Morrison Government has been working with states and territories to bring forward critical road projects across Australia to drive jobs, strengthen the economy and get people home sooner and safer.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the South Australian package included the acceleration of more than $328 million in federal funding across six projects.

PRIME MINISTER: Thank you very much, Chris. Can I acknowledge the Gadigal people, elders past, present and emerging and any veterans who are here with us today. Can I particularly acknowledge also Alan Joyce and say welcome home. Thank you for flying Qantas. To Richard Goyder, a great champion of Australian business, a great business leader and now as Chair of Qantas. To Anthony Albanese, the Leader of the Opposition who shares a passion for this airline like I do and we're both pleased to be here together to mark this important day.

PAUL MURRAY: Prime Minister, thank you so much for the chance to chat.

PRIME MINISTER: Thanks, Paul. 

MURRAY: All right. Before we get to the drought, there are some big announcements today, I want to go through some of the stuff that is around in the news. Before we get to the fun of the Labor Party review, how was your meeting with those mothers yesterday and their want for a Royal Commission? What was the experience like to look those mums in the eye?

PRIME MINISTER: I'm here at the Crisis Centre of Emergency Management Australia and this is where we're pulling in all the various information that is coming in from across the country. But obviously the vast majority of that is coming in from New South Wales. We're still a long way from being out of the woods on this one. And the front, which is coming up along the southern coast of New South Wales, will be making up through those areas that have been deemed catastrophic today. 

The devastating and horrific fires that we’ve seen particularly in New South Wales but also in Queensland, have been absolutely chilling and I want to thank all of those who have fought so bravely overnight and are out there still today.

I am pleased to announce that on 6 November 2019 the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), appointed two new secretaries to departments of the Australian Public Service: Mr David Fredericks has been appointed to lead the Department of the Environment and Energy, and Mr Simon Atkinson has been appointed to lead the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. Both appointments are for five years, commencing on Monday 11 November 2019.


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