It is my great pleasure today to welcome the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, The Honourable Rick Houenipwela MP, on his first official visit to Australia as Prime Minister.
I welcome this morning’s announcement from Kensington Palace confirming the visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and The Duchess of Sussex to Australia in spring.
Thank you all very much. Gee, following on from Chris Dore and Gladys Berejiklian is pretty tough, two great speeches, give them another round of applause.
Again, we’re hearing a lot of stories and experiences about the drought. These are record dry times. In fact the Mayor of Thargomindah, “Tractor” Ferguson said to us that he’s hand-feeding his bees, that’s how dry it is.
I look forward to welcoming The Honourable Rick Houenipwela MP, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, to Australia from 9 to 15 June.
Well, thanks David, it’s great to be here with Michael and thank you so much for having us on your place and showing us around. I’ve never known so much about mulga as I do now.
We’ve had some great discussions here. Obviously the big challenge is the drought, for it having been a dry time for about seven years.
The Turnbull Government will provide funding to support the mental health of farmers, mining workers and Indigenous Australians living in rural and regional Australia.
We have to recognise that if we want to have, as Stephen Ray was saying, if we want to have the great food and fibre that we need, we've got to support our farmers.
The Turnbull Government welcomes the announcement another four non-government institutions will join the National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
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