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(generated from captions) New US President Donald Trump has wasted little time on acting on one of the key election promises withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.He's made an executive order withdrawing the US from all further negotiations and here's how he did it - with somewhat of he did it - with somewhat of a flourish earlier this morning. Everyone knows what that means, right? We've been talking imp this for a long time, thank you. OK, great thing for the American worker what we just did.There you go, and now the US is out of the TPP. The Federal Government here is preparing to beef up Australia's cyber security defences after hackers interfered with the US election and Yahoo suffered that massive data breach. The measures will include expert briefings for political parties on how to combat cyber threats. Dan Tehan is the Federal cyber security minister and he joins us now from Parliament House. Good morning and happy new year.Good morning and happy new year to you and your listeners.If Russia can compromits the US election, what chance do we have of maintaining cyber security?There hasn't been any signs whatsoever that ours have been compromised, but we want to make sure that we are secure. And the Prime Minister sees this issue as beyond politics. Democracy goes to the heart of who we are as Australians, so he wants to make sure that we're ahead of the game here in Australia and to make sure that we have put all of the steps in place we need to keep our electoral system safe. And that's why he's calling this meeting of all political parties, the leaders and their organisational wing, to make sure that they're fully briefed on what they need to be doing to ensure that their systems are safe.So what is the approach of the briefings? Are you pulling in expert advise from the private sector when it comes to ensuring that political parties and other organisations are covered?No, the expert advice will come from Government. It will come from the Australian cyber security centre, and also from the Prime Minister's special representative for cyber security. They will give the briefings. They will be classifieded briefings. They will outline the threat which is there, potentially, for political parties, and also will tell them about the measures they need to put in place to make sure that they're fully protecting their databases and all the materials that they might use, not only in their day-to-day business, but also in the lead-up to election campaigns.I guess the challenge is that briefings and knowledge is one thing. Then you have to have the resources in order to put in place what you say are the correct protections. Now, to return to my first question - if the US Government itself can't protect itself and its electoral process in that way from Russia, then what chance do smaller organisations in Australia have?What you need to do is make sure that you've got the measures in place.Just to jump in there and apologies. Is the Government going to help out with resources to allow them to do that? What we will do is provide the advice that they need. If some of the political parties came back and said that they had issues here or there, etc, obviously we would provide them with the advice that they need. I don't see this, at this stage, as a matter of resources. What we want to make sure and what the Prime Minister wants to make sure is that the know-how is there. That the political parties have the advice that they need. No-one can ever guarantee 100% security in this area, but what you can do is make sure that you've got the defences in place to give yourself the maximum amount of protection, and that's what the Prime Minister sees this issue as above politics and protecting our democracy. And he wants to make sure that everyone is properly informed.Donald Trump has signed the executive order killing off the Trans-Pacific Partnership as it affects the US. What do we do now?What we will do now is look to the other countries who are part of the TPP to see whether we might be able to continue down the path with them.Is there a form of the TPP that can exist without the US?We remain hopeful. Obviously for Australia having a rules-based trading system is absolutely vital for us as a nation. We will continue to pursue our expert agenda despite what's occurred overnight because it is absolutely vital to our farmers and vital toll our mafing -- vital to our manufacturing businesses and vital to the mining companies. We have to have a proper rules-based system to engage our trade.But it's a logical outcome that no matter what we manage to stitch together, it needs to have a smaller outcome simply because the US won't be part of it. Would you see that as a logical outcome?One of the great things as far as Australia goes is that we already have a free trade deal. We're looking to expand further our free trade agreements. So if we can get the TPP which guarantees the rules under which we trade, that will benefit us considerably. How you put dollar values on all of that, we have to wait and see what form an agreement might take if we're able to negotiate it.Just a final question if I can this morning. It was interesting to see the reaction of European leaders to President Trump's inauguration speech in which he said, "It would now be only America first." Germany immediately indicated that they have to be prepared to look after themselves. What is the Australian Government's reaction to that very inward looking speech that was offered by President Trump?The foremost consideration of any Government is to be looking after its people and its country. So I think that that goes without saying. But what we also want to do as a nation is make sure that we engage in a way with the rest of the world which benefits us and looks after our national interests and that's what we will continue to do. This year, how we go about governing will be absolutely in the national interests and the interests of the Australian people.Does it have any bearing on the US-Australian alliance?I think the US-Australian alliance is in a very strong position and I think we will see it continue to grow and we will be doing everything we can to see that happen because, obviously, it's an