Australia ready to do a trade deal, Malcolm Turnbull says

Australia ready to do a trade deal, Malcolm Turnbull says

The leaders discussed the "opportunities" raised by Britain's exit from the European Union, including a potential free trade deal with Australia once Brexit occurs.

Recent bickering among those in the coalition government, made up of MPs and senators from the Liberal Party and the Nationals Party, has stolen the headlines down under in recent weeks, with conservatives voicing concern that the government's direction was out of touch with traditionally conservative values.

The Prime Minister said International Trade Secretary Liam Fox would visit Australia in the coming months as part of ongoing talks.

"So today we have talked about how we can step up our cooperation in a range of areas, including security and defence, trade and investment, and on the world stage", she said.

Invoking party founder Robert Menzies while accepting the Disraeli Prize for his stance on immigration from the United Kingdom centre-right think tank Policy Exchange, Turnbull's speech was a rejection of nemesis Tony Abbott's call for conservatives to take back control of the Liberals.

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"It was essentially an anti-socialist party, it was a conservative party, that's now been abandoned under the tutelage of Malcolm Turnbull".

Jeff Kennett has attacked Malcolm Turnbull for engaging in domestic politics while overseas.

"Given the fortnight that we've had if I was Bill Shorten I'd actually be quite concerned that he didn't make any progress", he told ABC radio.

"There was a good reason for that (rule)", Mr Kennett said on 3AW Drive.

"It was a very moving visit. and I want to say how much we admire the outstanding response of your police arriving on the scene so quickly, dealing with the terrorists so effectively and decisively", Mr Turnbull said.

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"What it's sent is a very strong message to conservatives in Australia [that] you're no longer welcome within the party of Menzies", Senator Bernardi told 7.30 on Tuesday night.

He said he agreed with Mr Turnbull that "the sensible centre is the place to be".

New Liberal Party president Nick Greiner criticised Mr Abbott's alternative policy agenda - which he outlined earlier this month - as impossible to implement and said his interventions were damaging the Turnbull government in the polls.

"My view is the public expects governments to govern", he said. "What everyone knows is this a government lacking leadership", he said.

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