We talked earlier about innovation and science. This is a state and a city here in Perth with a strong interest in technology and innovation, something Lucy and I have been part of ourselves back in the 90s so we understand the culture of innovation here in Western Australia. It’s also a state with a really strong spirit of enterprise. Western Australians are committed to having a go, they back themselves and that’s why we are backing them, and every element of our plan supports them. Western Australia is also benefiting from our commitment to investing in Australian businesses and Australian advanced manufacturing as we re-equip our armed forces and in particular our navy. The Pacific Patrol Boats are being built here, in Henderson in Western Australia by Austal ships one of the leading and most sophisticated ship builders in the world, a strong Western Australian business.
So right across the board we’re backing Western Australians, we’re backing business. You saw the way in which we talked about the business tax cuts both this morning and yesterday and how important they are particularly for young people. Backing business gives it confidence, gives it the security of knowing that it's better able to invest. If it's better able to invest, then it grows and as it grows, it employs more people and particularly young people, as it brings them in. And again you saw that enthusiasm yesterday with Luke Simpkins in Cowan.
So this is a great state, a great enterprising state, filled with some of the world's most remarkable and valuable natural resources. There's no doubt about that. But the best resources of Western Australia are the people of Western Australia. Just as the best natural resource of Australia is our 24 million fellow Australians.
A 17-year-old boy was charged this morning in Sydney with terrorism offences, apparently the attack was imminent. Given the events of the last few days, especially the arrival of a hate preacher in Australia, are you confident in Australia's capacity to combat potential threats here?
We are relentlessly vigilant in defending Australians from terror and from threats to our security. It's of critical importance.
I've just been speaking to Mike Phelan, the Deputy Commissioner National Security of the Australian Federal Police, and yes, you're right, a 17-year-old male was arrested and charged last night with two terrorism-related offences. One related to preparing a terrorist - to undertake a terrorist offence, and the other one related to using telecommunications services, using the internet in other words, to that end.
We have to be vigilant constantly. This is a serious, ever-present threat. Having said that, we have strong - I believe the best security and intelligence services, we provide them with every support. They are very well-funded. We've provided them with the legal tools to do their job. We've provided them with additional abilities, as you know we've talked yesterday about the importance of the preventive detention measures that we will undertake after the election if we are re-elected, which will ensure that people who've been imprisoned for terrorist-related offences will be retained in detention if the court determines they remain a threat to society.
So yes, you're right to raise the issue. It is at the very forefront of everything my Government does to keep Australians safe.
…At the prospect of Brexit, how concerned should Australians be about the prospect of a Brexit on the global economy?
Yes, the British people will of course make their own decision and it's a matter for them. But it is possible that Britain will vote to leave the EU. That will cause a degree of uncertainty in global markets and the anticipation of that is already doing that. It is a reminder that we need to ensure that we have strong, committed, capable economic leadership - a stable government with a clear national economic plan because there are many things that occur in the global economy over which we have no control. There are many shocks that can occur. The way we proof ourselves best against that, to be able to deal with them best, is to have a clear national economic plan, to be supporting enterprise, supporting resilience, supporting jobs and growth here. Strong economic leadership is critical and that is why the choice that Australians are making today and will be making every day up to 2 July is clear.
On the one hand, my Government, strong economic leadership, stable Coalition Government. A strong clear national economic plan, delivering jobs and growth, and delivering jobs and growth now, and will do so further and more so in the years ahead.
On the other hand, we have a chaotic alliance perhaps, Labor-Greens-Independents. Bigger deficits, they acknowledge that, more spending, more debt, a list of complaints - not one proposal which will deliver one job or one element of economic growth and yet $100 billion of additional taxes, every single one of which is a brake on growth and a brake on prosperity.
Prime Minister it certainly seems as if Parakeelia is being used to channel taxpayer funded entitlements into Liberal Party coffers. Is it and is that appropriate?
It's a matter for the party organisation. That entity has been providing services, effectively database services to Liberal Party members as indeed a similar entity has been doing for Labor members for many, many years.
Can I ask yesterday twice you told Liberal supporters in this State we will win. Can I ask you, have you seen something in recent days that lifts your level of confidence on the result on July 2 or was that just idle rhetoric in the heat of the moment twice repeated?
Tim I have seen the enthusiasm of Australians for the great future that awaits them when we deliver on our national economic plan. I have seen the growing optimism and confidence of Australians as they recognise that the strong economic leadership that my Government provides will secure their future. I'm backing Australians. I'm backing their wisdom, their judgement to make the right choice, today and every day through to 2 July.
We are confident that Australians will return us to government but it is their decision. The choice is theirs. The choice is all of ours. And the choice is very clear. A stable Coalition Government with a clear economic plan, every element of which will support stronger growth and more jobs; on the other hand, the dysfunction of a Labor-Greens-Independent alliance, part of the old Julia Gillard, Bob Brown, Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott band trying to get back together. More debt not one element of their plan will support jobs, will support growth. It is the most anti-business, anti-jobs Labor agenda presented in a generation.
Prime Minister, yesterday you said it was fair to describe British colonisation as an invasion. Is it then reasonable to celebrate our national day on this day of apparent invasion?
Australia Day is - look, all of these symbols evolve. And Australia Day is a day for all Australians. Our history is as it was. It's a question of fact. But we celebrate it and you know something? We are the most successful multicultural society in the world. From our first Australians who've been here since time out of mind - 40,000 years their families have been here - to people who've just arrived and become citizens this week. We are a big diverse country. We are so strong in our diversity and I say to you again: our best assets are our fellow Australians. That is our greatest strength. And we are backing them. My national economic plan is a vote of confidence in Australia. In Australians. In their future and their ability to seize those opportunities, deal with the challenges and turbulence and headwinds that will undoubtedly occur, but resiliently, optimistically, confidently seize the opportunities with a clear economic plan for jobs and growth.
Thank you very much.