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Turnbull’s ‘frank advice’ to Trump

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The Prime Minister has confirmed that Australian dual nationals won’t be affected by Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson has attacked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as being ‘too weak’ on national security. Picture: AAP

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he will raise any issues of concern to Australia with US President Donald Trump in a private manner, and not discuss it publicly.

The national interest is “best protected by me giving private counsel to our number one ally, the United States,” he told media today.

“When I have frank advice to give to an American president, I give it privately, as good friends should, as wise prime ministers do, when they want to ensure they are best able to protect Australians and Australians’ national interest. Others can engage in commentary.

“I don’t comment on American policy publicly. My job is to get results for Australia.”

Mr Turnbull rejected criticism that he had failed to stand up for Australian values.

“Now Bill Shorten is not the Prime Minister,” Mr Turnbull said. “He wants to be, obviously. He will go out on anything that he thinks gives him the political advantage. He has no concern about our national interest and our national interest is best protected by me giving private council to the US, our most important ally, public refraining from commenting on their domestic policy, advancing the interests of Australia … and that is what I have done.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra talking about President Trump. Picture: Kym Smith

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra talking about President Trump. Picture: Kym SmithSource:News Corp Australia

He told Sky News: “Our values are very, very clear: we have a non-discriminatory immigration policy, a non discriminatory humanitarian program. We have strong borders. We have a very sophisticated intelligence based border protection system, so we take great care over who gets into Australia.”

Mr Turnbull said confirmation that Australian dual citizens were free to travel to the US came from General Michael Flynn, the White House national security adviser, via Australia’s ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey.

He said Australia had been granted the exemption because of its “very strong” relationship with the US and the new administration.

When asked about a Melbourne schoolboy yesterday being told his visa would not be processed, the Prime Minister said “of

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