PRIME MINISTER: Good afternoon, everyone. I'm very pleased to be joined by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Agriculture, the Minister for Drought and the Minister for Education. Since June of 2018, our Government has been rolling out our response to the drought that has been sweeping across our country. As every month has passed, the difficulties have increased.

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for an immediate cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, keep businesses open, keep locals in work and pump funds into local economies.

QUESTION: Prime Minister, my name is Kylie Morris, I'm a correspondent for Britain's Channel 4 News. I'm just wondering, given the efforts that other nations are making to reduce their carbon emissions, and given that places like the Great Barrier Reef are - we know - under threat from climate change, your own government has issued an outlook report saying that climate change poses the greatest threat to the Reef. How can Australia justify opening new coal mines at this time in the Galilee Basin?


I will travel to Bangkok, Thailand from 3 to 4 November for the 14th East Asia Summit and 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit alongside some of Australia’s key international partners, who are vital to a secure and stable region, and the investment and trade that support jobs and our economy.

I look forward to hosting a Business Breakfast with both Australian and Thai business leaders to advance Australian jobs and opportunities abroad, and engage with those Thai businesses that are investing in Australia and those looking to increase their investment.

PRIME MINISTER: Thank you very much, Macca, it’s tremendous to be here with you and so many of you. So many Queenslanders, I’m sure many from far beyond the borders of Queensland as well. Can I particularly acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we gather today, the Turrbal people, and their elders past, present and emerging. And can I thank the resources industry for employing and giving a livelihood and a future and a vision for our Indigenous people right across Queensland.


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