PRIME MINISTER: The Snowy Hydro – what an extraordinary achievement. This was the result of the vision and the courage of the generation that won the Second World War. They defended our freedoms, saved us and they came home and built this.

These are big dreams in these mountains; real courage, a belief in the future, a confidence in Australia.

BEN FORDHAM:

Prime Minister good afternoon.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good afternoon, Ben.

BEN FORDHAM:

Thank you for taking the time to give us a call and say g’day. The Snowy Hydro Scheme 2.0.  Not a lot of detail, how much is it going to cost? How are we going to pay for it, how long will it take to build?

PRIME MINISTER:

RAF EPSTEIN:

Prime Minister, good afternoon.

PRIME MINISTER:

How are you Rafael?

RAF EPSTEIN:

I’m okay. The feasibility study to turn the Snowy essentially I guess or parts of into a battery – is that definitely going to happen or do you wait for the study?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well, the project is fully designed. What we are talking about is a project, a pumped hydro project which will add 50 per cent to the capacity of the Snowy Hydro scheme.

CARRIE BICKMORE:

Please welcome Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you.

CARRIE BICKMORE:

Great to have you here. Certainly has been a big day. Did you choke on your popcorn as you watched that press conference happen today?

PRIME MINISTER:

DAVID LIPSON:

Prime Minister, thanks for joining us on Lateline.

PRIME MINISTER:

Great to be with you.

DAVID LIPSON:

Your plan for the Snowy 2.0 will add another 2,000 megawatts to the grid, at least, how much of that will be pumped hydro?

PRIME MINISTER:

DAVID KOCH:

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. Just got off the number 11 tram at Melbourne to visit our studios, he joins me now. Trust it was a good trip Prime Minister?

PRIME MINISTER:

It was, it was great.

DAVID KOCH:

Look, the average Australian is thinking to themselves: “We are the biggest energy exporter in the world, and we don’t keep enough to keep our own lights on. What the hell is going on?”

PRIME MINISTER:

NEIL MITCHELL:

The Prime Minister Mr Turnbull, good morning.

PRIME MINISTER:

Good morning, great to be with you.

NEIL MITCHELL:

The Business Council of Australia who are your supporters in a sense, say we all face cuts in services, lower living standards, higher taxes, if you don’t get the Budget right. They say there is no strategy. What’s your answer?

PRIME MINISTER:

CHARLIE MCKILLOP:

Prime Minister – thanks for being with us. And shoring up Australia’s future energy security will be complex and difficult won’t it?

PRIME MINISTER:

Charlie, the object is to ensure that all Australians have access to affordable and reliable electricity, and of course gas, and delivering that is complex as you say.

I look forward to welcoming His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and his wife Madame Cheng Hong to Australia from 22-26 March.

This visit will highlight Australia’s strong economic relationship with China and our mutual commitment to encouraging trade and investment in our region.

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