|Head of State
|Queen Elizabeth II
Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal Party, since Jul 2016)
|Size||7,692,024 km² (2,969,907 sq. miles)|
|Next legislative election||2021|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||10 July 2017|
|Relationship with UK||The UK and Australia are keen to secure a trade deal as soon as possible. Following their meeting at the G20 summit in September, Mr Turnbull suggested that such a deal could be concluded in this term of Parliament. However, Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo has tempered expectations. Speaking on BBC radio, he said that detailed progress on an agreement must wait until Brexit is complete and added that an EU deal will take precedence.|
|What Mr Turnbull said on Brexit||Alexander Downer, Australian High Commissioner, on 9 August 2016
“While the implications of the break-up for Australia remain to be seen, I pledge to seize on the transition as an opportunity to address restrictions on working visas. Right now, numerous restrictions exist preventing many Australians from living and working in the UK. Whether there’ll be opportunities to change that when the Brexit arrangements come into place, we simply don’t know. But we should try in any case, and that’s what we’ll do.”
4 September 2016
“Prime Minister May and I are very committed to having an early free trade agreement put in place so that when Britain leaves the EU we have very open markets between Australia and Britain […] They don’t have any trade negotiators. They haven’t had to negotiate a trade agreement for over 40 years because they’re been part of the European system. So Theresa May is very grateful as she said for the assistance we’ve provided.”
10 July 2017
“We’ve talked about the economic challenges that we face and we recognise that as Britain moves to completing its exit from the European Union, we stand ready to enter into a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom as soon as the UK is able to do so.”
|Australia’s priorities||Australia’s main priorities are introducing stricter laws to counter terrorism, introducing a childcare package, tackling youth unemployment, softening laws on parental leave and reforming the budget.|
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