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I'm going to have to interrupt Alicia there. She always gets this happening. Malcolm Turnbull has just begun a media conference? Cybersecurity is at the very forefront of what we are doing to keep Australia safe. It is more important than ever and just as you've seen with our cybersecurity strategy, with the appointment of a cybersecurity advisor, with the efforts we are taking to protect Australians online to ensure that our critical infrastructure is safe from cyber attack, this is the new front year of war fair -- frontier of warfare, it is the new frontier of espionage and the new frontier of many threats to Australian families, to Governments, to businesses. We have the most outstanding professionals in the world working for us here. There is no better cybersecurity organisation, signals directorate organisation than the Australian Signals Directorate. We are very fortunate to have such outstanding men and women. Now, as you know, there has been evidence of Russian efforts to influence the recent American election and this is acknowledged now on all sides. It was controversial for a while politically in the United States but it is acknowledged that there was Russian interference both in terms of hacking and in terms of seeking to influence the election through so-called fake news. Threats like this from wherever they come are of great concern to our nation, to our Government, to me as prime minister. We have to make sure we maintain the integrity of our political process and so we will, Dan and I, are ensuring that there will be a full briefing by our cyber experts to other political parties, other political leaders when parliament comes back. We need to be aware of the threats and how to mitigate them and protect against them. Awareness is the absolutely most important first step. A lot of the vulnerabilities, as you will have seen, are because people do not follow good cyber practise. They open attachments from sources they are not familiar with, they're not sufficiently careful in the way they manage their pass words. They don't, for example, use two-factor authentification with cloud-based application and so forth. So it is very important to be aware, the vulnerabilities are always there, if people are not. It is always critical that we maintain the integrity of our political process. So that is - that has been the focus of our discussions today and we will be ensuring that all political parties and all political - the other political leaders are well aware of the risks and how to protect themselves from them and how to ensure that we maintain, as I said, the integrity of our democracy. Dan?As we know cyberespionage is alive and well. As you've said, PM, this issue is belong politics. This is about protecting our democracy. That is why you have taken the steps that you have, because this goes beyond political games, this goes to the heart and soul of what we are and who we are as a nation. We have state elections coming up this year. We have to make sure that they are protected, that when Australians go to vote, they can have confidence that there is no compromise of our electoral system and your democratic process and it is a pleasure to have been at ASD with you today to get the briefing. As you said, these are outstanding Australians who are keeping us safe.Just before we go to questions I should note that last night I spoke with Shinza Abe, the prime minister of Japan, about a number of important issues, particularly trade issues, but in the course of that conversation I conveyed to the Prime Minister our condolences on the death of the Japanese national who was killed in Bourke Street last week. The Prime Minister of Japan was grateful for that expression of sympathy and conveyed to me his and his nation's condolences and deepest sympathy for the loss of life of - and the injuries occasions by that shocking crime in Bourke Street last week. One way for foreign actors to influence the Australian political process would be to gather compromising material on individuals. How likely - how would you assess the likelihood that some kind of material has already been gathered on Australian politicians or public figures?I would only be speculating on that but clearly that is a vector.Without giving too much away of what you heard today, what are we talking about in terms of the vulnerabilities? Are we talking about Government communications or private political parties - some specifics if you wouldn't mind?Well all computer systems have vulnerabilities, particularly if they are connected to the internet. You can have flaws in the hardware that provide vouleer in arabilities, flaws in the software, and as I often say is the biggest vulnerability is the warmware, the humans making mistake, or, indeed, taking information as Edward Snowden did in a criminal fax. The most important thing to be is aware and to practise good cyber hygiene. The ASD sets out some very good principles in this regard. My cyber advisor, Alastair McGibbin, as you know is regularly speaking about this issue and raising awareness. The vulnerabilities are there and they are in every computer system potentially but, obviously, the more aware you can the better your practices are, the less likely you are to be compromised.With Donald Trump pulling out of the TPP last night, where are we at now with the trade deal and is there room for China to come in and take on that role as one of the leading economies?OK. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is all about jobs for Australia. Let's be quite clear about this. We are a trading-exporting nation. We are a trading nation. Trade is one-and-a-half times as big a share of our economy as it is of the the United States. What that means is that there is a bigger proportion of Australians whose jobs depend on exports than there is of Americans. So trade is critical to us. Now other leaders in other countries can make whatever judgements they wish but trade policy, Australian trade policy, is written in Canberra in the interests of Australian jobs. We stand up for Australian workers. What we're seeing at the moment from Mr Shorten is the greatest billion of Labor gutlessness for generations. 40 years of Labor leaders have stood up for trade, have sought to open up opportunities