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Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth II

Scott Morrison (Liberal Party, since 2018)

Population 24,278,000
Size 7,692,024 km² (2,969,907 sq. miles)
Next legislative election 2021
Last meeting with Theresa May 1 December 2018
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, former PM 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 Morrison said on Brexit Former PM Turnbell on 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.”

25 January 2017

“Negotiators have to recognise the mutual benefits that come from co-operative and open financial arrangements and that the UK will continue to play an important role in the EU financial system.”

Former PM Turnbell on 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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