‘G’day, I’m ScoMo’: PM Scott Morrison touches down in Jakarta – and hops straight into a car with personalised ‘Australia’ number plates – on his first international trip since taking office
- Morrison has touched down in Jakarta, Indonesia in his first international trip
- The Australian PM has been in the position for less than a week since sworn in
- He is in Indonesia discussing trade, security and regional cooperation
Scott Morrison has touched down in Jakarta on his first international trip as Australia’s prime minister.
Just six days after he was sworn in, the country’s 30th leader hit the shores of Indonesia to address trade, security and regional cooperation with Prime Minister Joko Widodo.
Mr Morrison was greeted with a red carpet and a black BMW fitted with personalised ‘AUSTRALIA’ number plates.
In true Australian fashion, the new leader shook hands with the Lembong with and said ‘G’day’
Mr Morrison was welcomed at the International Airport by the chairman of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Trikasih Lembong.
In true Australian fashion, the new leader shook hands with Mr Lembong and said ‘G’day’.
Mr Widodo and Mr Morrison will enjoy high tea and discuss a long-awaited free trade deal with the country, according to SBS.
The deal is almost complete and opens up a two-way relationship with the country.
Mr Morrison was welcomed at the International Airport by the chairman of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Trikasih Lembong (left)
There will be opportunities for farmers, students and manufacturing.
‘For many years, the relationship has been described as underdone,’ Australia Indonesia Business Council president Phil Turtle told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday.
‘There is great opportunity now to have this agreement as a kick start to try and do a lot better than we have been.’
Despite the recent change in Australia’s leader, Mr Turtle said it would not affect the negotiations.
Mr Morrison told reporters before the flight, ‘We’re a government that believes in trade because trade creates jobs. We’re a pro-trade government.’
Despite the recent change in Australia’s leader, Business Council president Phil Turtle said it would not affect the negotiations