Australians should get used to US-China trade war as superpowers tussle for supremacy

Original article by
News.com.au – Page: Online : 21-Aug-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned that the trade war between the US and China may continue for some, while noting that the ongoing trade tensions could create opportunities for Australia. Morrison has also told the Seven Network that due to its economic success, China must abide by the same rules as other nations. Morrison will shortly attend the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in France.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, GROUP OF SEVEN (G-7)

Morrison under fire over climate pact

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 16-Aug-19

Australia is continuing with its efforts to make changes to the Pacific Island Forum’s final communique. It is seeking to have the phrase ‘climate change crisis’ replaced with ‘climate change reality’, while it does not want the statement to call for a moratorium on new coal mines and to endorse the phasing out of coal-fired power, something that Pacific Island nations were seeking. The Forum has seen a degree of tension between Australia and New Zealand, with NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joining with Pacific Island nations in calling on Australia to do more to tackle climate change. However, NZ Foreign Minister Winston Peters has queried why Pacific Island nations were not pressuring China on the issue, given its contribution to climate change is far greater.

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Hong Kong protests not terrorism: PM

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 14-Aug-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has questioned China’s use of the term terrorism in regard to the current protests in Hong Kong. With protesters having brought Hong Kong’s airport to a standstill on 12 August, China accused the protestors of "serious crimes with sprouts of terrorism emerging". Morrison says he would like to see the tensions in Hong Kong de-escalated, and for Hong Kong authorities to heed the concerns of its citizens. Morrison’s call for the de-escalation of tensions in Hong Kong has been echoed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Morrison pledges $500m climate funds for Pacific

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 2 : 13-Aug-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is to announce a climate change package when he meets with leaders at the upcoming Pacific Island Forum. The package will provide $500 million over five years from 2020, with the money to be used on climate and disaster resilience and on renewable energy investment. The package announcement comes amid growing criticism of Australia’s domestic emission policies by Pacific leaders, with Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama saying on 12 August that Australia needs to quickly end its reliance on coal.

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Donald Trump grants his second state dinner at White House to Scott Morrison

Original article by
abc.net au – Page: Online : 24-Jul-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend a state dinner at the White House on 20 September, as part of an official visit to the US. It will the second state dinner that President Donald Trump has hosted, and the first to be attended by an Australian prime minister since John Howard in 2006. The White House has released a statement saying that the visit will celebrate the "close friendship and shared history" of the two nations.

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PM urges G20 trade led recovery

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 28-Jun-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will use the G20 leaders’ summit in Osaka to bolster his efforts to get social media platforms to curb their dissemination of objectionable material in the wake of the Christchurch mosque killings. He will point out that G20 countries host the platforms that support social media companies’ content, which means such firms should take heed if the G20 urges them to do more to regulate their content. Morrison will also urge fellow G20 leaders not to let the World Trade Organization system get any worse, while acknowledging that it is imperfect and its members have lost confidence in it.

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PM: trade war threatens world

Original article by Jacquelin Magnay
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 5-Jun-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the US-China trade war could undermine the global trading system, with consequences for the living standards of people throughout the world Morrison, who is in the UK to attend services to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, also said that Britain and Australia have a role to play in the implementation of changes to the World Trade Organization. He added that Australia will continue to have close ties with Britain in the post-Brexit era.

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Shorten fell for elites, says Trump strategist

Original article by Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 21-May-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s unexpected election win has been likened to Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory in 2016. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, says there were similarities between the US businessman’s "forgotten people" and Morrison’s "quiet Australians". He believes that as was the case in the US, many Australian voters were reluctant to tell pollsters that they supported Morrison. Bannon adds that former Labor leader Bill Shorten had focused on "inner-city elites" rather than ordinary Australian families.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Messiah from The Shire

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 20-May-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has identified a number of immediate priorities for the Coalition’s third term in office. They include the income tax cuts package, counter-­terrorism legislation and fixing shortcomings in the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Morrison wants to reconvene federal parliament as quickly as possible, saying the election win has given the Coalition a mandate for its Budget reforms. He says the election result came down to the final week of campaigning. The Coalition currently has 75 seats in the lower house, one short of being able to form a majority government; five seats remain in doubt.

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Not time to risk Labor: Morrison

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 9 : 17-May-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison used his last major speech before the election to emphasise that voters want a government that they can trust and rely on. Addressing the National Press Club in Canberra, Morrison warned that Labor’s policies of increased taxes and government spending would stifle wages growth, dampen consumer confidence and impede economic growth. He said the Coalition’s policies will create 1.25 million jobs and 250,000 new small and medium enterprises.

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