Relaxed ScoMo to sign trade deal with ‘more grunt’
SCOTT Morrison has begun his first trip overseas as Prime Minister with a visit to a school on the outskirts of Jakarta.
A relaxed PM was greeted by children waving Australian and Indonesian flags when he arrived at Babakan Madang Junior High School, which was built with a $200,000 from the Howard Government.
Mr Morrison then met Year Seven students speaking to them about his admiration for the Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
"He started in a very similar situation to you and President Widodo is a sign to you everyday that you can achieve anything you put your mind to in Indonesia so you should feel proud to have such a great president and to live in such a successful country," Mr Morrison said.
"Australia is your friend but even better than that we're good mates."
Mr Morrison then asked if the students knew any good songs and was rewarded with a full-throated rendition of the school's hymn.
The Prime Minister later spoke to reporters saying it was a pleasure to make Indonesia the first country he is visiting since taking over a week ago.
"It is becoming something of a tradition for a prime minister to have their first visit to Indonesia and I am very pleased that in such a short period of time that I have been able to have the opportunity to come here and say once again how important this relationship is to Australia," he said.
Mr Morrison has now headed to the Presidential Palace where he will meet Mr Widodo and the pair will sign the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
"That is the part of the relationship where we need to do some more heavy lifting - on the economic relationship - we are not realising the full potential of that important part of the partnership we have between our two countries," Mr Morrison said.
Mr Morrison also told reporters that he felt the economic relationship between Australia and Indonesia needed "more grunt".
He then described Mr Widodo as an "extraordinary fellow" and said that he was looking forward to meeting him.
Australia and Indonesia are two of the world's 20 largest economies and close neighbours, but neither are in each other's top 10 trading partners.