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Q: A leading opposition MP in the Solomon Islands claimed that after Prime Minister Sogavare’s comment that Australia threatened to invade, he paved the way for Chinese troops in the Solomon Islands. Do you still think your comments about a red line were appropriate? Or has the language put Australia’s national security at greater risk?

Scott Morrison:

No, I don’t think he has.

I mean, we’ve been very clear, as we always have been, about what Australia’s national security interests are. And we’ve also always been very clear about the very high levels of support that we’ve always given to the people of the Solomon Islands and to the Solomon Islands government.

The Australian Federal Police are there right now. And they will be there until the end of 2023.

We have given those commitments. And we will continue to provide additional support as required. They have a secret agreement with the Chinese government.

But I’ll tell you this: when it comes to dealing with the coercion that we see from the Chinese government, whether it’s here in our region, in the Southwest Pacific or anywhere else in the Indo-Pacific, there is no government, there is no prime minister who has been more progressive in standing up to that coercion in front of the world.

…This is what a strong government does to protect Australia’s national interests. I will never stop protecting Australia’s national interests.

Q: Eight months have passed since the French submarine contract was cancelled. What’s stopping you from finalizing compensation deals so voters can know exactly how much this saga is costing them?

Scott Morrison:

It is a process that is being followed in the normal course of events. And it’s not over yet. I mean, it’s a business process that’s ongoing.

what: Is it being delayed so voters don’t know the real cost before the election?

Morrison:

Of course, no. What makes you say that?

Q: I’m asking you

Morrison:

Of course not.

Q: How much do you expect it to cost?

Morrison:

We don’t know at this time.

Q: You must have some idea…

Morrison:

I am not going to anticipate any commercial negotiations of this type. That would be nonsense. That would be unwise. And I do not participate in the recklessness of national security policy or trade policy on behalf of the government.

Q: Do you think your government has done enough to address systemic problems among Indigenous Australians?

Scott Morrison:

That is one of the most challenging and difficult areas of public policy to support Indigenous Australians, whether they are in our major capital cities or, in particular, remote communities.

Ken Wyatt, the first Australian to be a Minister for Indigenous Australia, the first Indigenous Australian to sit in a cabinet, in my cabinet, I think you have been very well placed to inform the government’s response.

When I became Prime Minister, one of the things I wanted to change was how we were trying to bridge the gap. Because the problem with Closing the Gap was only dealing with things at the federal level.

And what I could do with pat turnerleading the coalition of the main groups of indigenous service providers, we reached a new agreement.

An agreement that ensured that everyone has a role to play, including the federal government, including state governments and others, commit to the same results and commit to the same plans with the funds to support that, as we’ve shown now in several budgets. Ever since I shot down that first deal.

And that includes everything from the causal factors that go into indigenous disadvantage with health and education and maternal health and child health and fetal alcohol syndrome and all these kinds of things.

We have been increasing our investment and making sure that those investments have been informed by experiences on the ground. Now, we’ll take the same approach there in Wadeye, working with local authorities to ensure they get what they need from Commonwealth areas of responsibility. And that means it’s a difficult subject and we’ll be guided by what’s needed on the ground, and we’ll listen carefully to requests for assistance that are made.

Q: Why don’t you support a royal commission to handle the pandemic?

Scott Morrison:

I said we are still in the pandemic. And the pandemic is not over. In fact, as you’ll see, reports of some new variants coming out of South Africa and I’ve been following those issues closely with the medical director, as you expect me to.

…Our experts have been available for that consultation each and every time.

Q: Why don’t you support a royal commission?

Morrison:

My focus is on continuing to manage Australia’s response… to the pandemic. And there will be a time to address those issues once the pandemic is over.

what: Would you support a royal commission?

Morrison moves on to another question.

Q: [How are you] Do you want to win over voters looking to become independent again?

Scott Morrison:

What we are seeing have been very disruptive times for our country. The last two years we have been through things that none of us thought would ever happen in our lives. And I think that really disrupted things.

We discover how strong we are as a people, but at the same time it makes us think about many issues. And this is good. That’s what election campaigns are about. That’s what elections are about.

And I’m not surprised that after a time of such turmoil and hardship and hardship, Australians are thinking very hard about the choice they’re going to make in this election.

And there are still two weeks to go. Right above. And they’re looking to make a decision on these issues and so I encourage them.

The choice you make in this election will have a very significant impact on you and your family, where you work, the opportunities you have, your retirement savings, all of these things will be affected. And that’s why I make it very clear that times are uncertain, times are challenging.

And there is a clear choice between the government you know with a clear plan to move Australia forward and the strength to back it, and a weak Labor opposition that has no plan and you don’t know it.

Q: Dice Malcolm Turnbull now you are advocating for teal in the meantime teal independents should you be expelled from the liberal party and would you resign if you lose the election?

Scott Morrison:

I am focused on the election that Australians have to make in a couple of weeks. Throughout the campaign, Australians are realizing what that election is all about.

When we started the election, I said it was a choice between a government and the Liberals and Nationals who have shown that we have an economic plan for the future, one that has gotten us through these very difficult times.

And a Labor opposition that people don’t know about. And as this campaign went on, we soon realized how much we don’t know about the Labor Party and I think Australians are really starting to ask the question: is it anthony in albanian really up to this?

Now, when it comes to other former prime ministers, I have always treated former prime ministers of both political persuasions with the utmost dignity and respect. I don’t share your point of view. My point of view I just explained.

That is the chaos of a parliament. powered by the daily reflections of independentsthat they haven’t had the experience to deal with the serious economic and security challenges facing our country that are going to affect people’s incomes.

It’s going to hurt people’s jobs. It’s going to harm Australian security. As a result, as a result, I urge the return of the Liberal National Government because that is the strength that Australia needs in these times of great uncertainty.

You are all talking about each other.

Q: Will you resign if you lose the election? [He takes another question]

Scott Morrison examines the engine of a military drone during a campaign stop in Perth this morning. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Q: Your own predecessor seems to be telling Australians to do the opposite when it comes to election day. What does it say about the government under his leadership?

Scott Morrison:

Well, the message is still exactly the same. And my warning to Australians is exactly the same. I’ve said it all along, we face some of the most serious international security and economic challenges Australians have faced since World War II and the Great Depression.

And what we’re announcing here today shows the merging of economic security and national security. And make sure we work together on those two issues to keep Australians safe and keep our economy strong.

Now what the government has to continue doing, and that is why voting for the Liberals and Nationals achieves this, in the last three years in particular, we have had the strength of a majority government, if each and every day we had to go and negotiate the existence of the government with a cavalcade of independents, pushed around by others, Australia would not have the strength to go through the pandemic as we have.

My warning is very clear for those seats where people are thinking of independents, I would say this: if they don’t tell you how they would vote, how could you vote for them? Not just about who they support in government, but we can’t have a government that’s a weather vane.

We have seen the weakness in the leadership of the Labor Party. Can you imagine having to go to that chorus of independents, the Greens and everyone else, I mean, are they weak enough as they are? Can you imagine the chaos of that kind of parliament when Australia needs to be strong? And that’s why our government is telling Australians very clearly, the strength that we’ve shown, the strength of our plan, particularly our economic plan to move Australia forward, is what Australia needs.

That is the choice that is before you. And only by voting Liberal and National in this election can you gain the strength and certainty you know is needed.

Scott Morrison makes another pitch for WA

The prime minister is giving his press conference in Perth, where the Coalition is trying to hold on to seats.

It begins with a statement about GST:

They [WA Liberal MPs] they are a tremendous team. They defended Western Australia. I was happy to join them as treasurer and make sure I took that case. You didn’t have to convince Western Australians on this, but we did have to convince the rest of the country. That’s the fight that I took on many years ago as treasurer and was able to complete as prime minister and every year now, WA funding in GST, over an additional $2 billion, goes into those coffers every year because of the great work done by my WA team here, all over the state.

The announcement he’s making is about “an additional 1,500 Australians will be trained to work in the nation’s burgeoning defense technology and manufacturing industry, as part of a $108.5m commitment from a re-elected Morrison government.”

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