PRIME MINISTER:

Thank you very much and welcome everybody to The Lodge. Lucy and I are honoured to be in the company of so many remarkable Australians.

We are here, as Gerard just said, we are here gathered together on land that has been cared for by the Ngunawal people, this region for over 40,000 years.

Our country, our nation, is made up of many cultures, and so many of you have done so much to build and maintain this, the most successful multicultural society in the world.

Yoonggu gulanyin ngalawiri, dhunayi, Ngoonawal dhowrrra

We are gathered tonight on the land of the Ngunnawal people and pay our respects to their elders past and present.

And we thank The National Australia Day Council, chaired by Ben Roberts-Smith for bringing together such a remarkable and diverse array of Australian leadership.

The extraordinary finalists for Young Australian, Senior Australian, Local Hero and Australian of the Year, light the way for us - shining examples of our best selves.

Thank you so much, Stephanie. What a wonderful morning here in Canberra. Happy Australia Day everyone. What a great day. What a beautiful, still day here on Lake Burley Griffin and how the echoes of the guns were heard bouncing off the great institutions of our capital. The Library, the Parliament, the High Court.

Reminding us of our democracy, the rule of law, those values which we uphold as thoroughly Australian values here in this great land we call home.

PRIME MINISTER:
Happy Australia Day.

This is a great cause here, BARBECURE. I want to thank you, Zed, for the leadership you have shown in establishing this barbecue here today and, of course, right around the country. We are committing more money than ever to medical research and we'll continue to do so.

Can I also say, again, as I said a moment ago at the citizenship ceremony, how important it is to celebrate the remarkable achievement we have made as a nation. The most successful multicultural society in the world.

CARRIE BICKMORE:
Would you please welcome to The Project direct from The Lodge, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

[Applause]

Well, Prime Minister, welcome to The Project. Let's start with the conversation that's been happening today. What do you make of calls to change the date of Australia Day?

PRIME MINISTER:

NEIL MITCHELL:
Prime Minister, good morning.

PRIME MINISTER:
Good morning, Neil.

NEIL MITCHELL:
Prime Minister, last year your slogan, your catch-cry was innovation. What is it this year?

PRIME MINISTER:
It continues to be innovation, it continues to be driving more jobs and better jobs, stronger economic growth, more exports, more economic opportunities for Australians. That’s what we are all about.

PRIME MINISTER:
Rowan, Anne, Steven - it’s great to be here with you in South Australia, here in Port Lincoln at Tunarama and seeing the energy in this strong part of regional Australia.

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