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defense secretary mark esper and joint chiefs of staff chair general mark nelly testify on the president's 2021 budget request, live wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span 3, online at c-span.org or you can listen live on the free c-span radio app. coming up on c-span 3, we go to alabama for the governor's state of the state address. afterwards, we get an update from australian officials about the recent wildfires. and later, we'll hear from transportation representatives discussing automation technology and government regulation. alabama governor kay ivey delivered the annual state of the state address from the state capitol in montgomery. governor ivey talked about her legislative priorities including boosting state education, rebuilding infrastructure, and
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improving the criminal justice system. [ applause ] thank you, ladies and gentlemen. please be seated. lieutenant governor amesworth, protem marsh, speaker pro tem gaston and speaker of the house, mat mccutcheon, member was legislature, justices of the supreme court, chief justice, tom parker, and my fellow alabamans, thank you for allowing me -- >> [ applause ] >> thank you for allowing me to
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address you tonight, and the 4.8 million citizens for whom we all work. i want to give you an update on this place that we love and know and call our sweet home alabama. as you all can see tonight, i'm operating with one hand. my arm is not tied behind my back. it's just tied up. it's always something where it's never too high for a high stepper. so i'll be fine. last month, i had the pleasure of joining you and many others across the state, in participating in alabama's bicentennial celebration. thanks to all of the legislators, he would not only marked our first 200 years in fine fashion, but together, we
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began writing the first chapter of our next century, and with the continued involvement of all of our people, and with god's continued blessings, there is every reason to believe that our third century will be our best. [ applause ] >> governor thomas kilde, alabama agency 36th governor, stepped on to this very spot, in this very historic chamber, 100 years ago, to speak to the people of the state about what alabama's second century might look like. well, like me, governor kilde was alabama's lieutenant governor prior to be elected governor and increase public education and public health and
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invest in roads and bridges while also devoting more attention and additional dollars to law enforcement, and yes, even to build a new prison. governor kilde understood that government action can often times become the engine for economic expansion and that education is the key to both economic and social success. as the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. members of the legislature, on this first day of the 2020 legislative session, we can be confident of our plans to build on our past, as we step boldly into a new century for a great state. our third century begins with a strong robust economy, and renewed commitment to look for new opportunities to answer old challenges, many of which have
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been of our own for decades. shortly after becoming your governor in april 2017, i realized that our great state had ignored too many problems for far too long. we had put band-aids and duct tape on all of our buildings, old roads and tired old prisons long enough. and while these challenges can seem daunting, we know that one person can make a difference if you remain true to your core values. a challenge is an unmet opportunity. for me, those values are to always tell the truth, to level with the people of alabama, and always shoot straight, and not be afraid to take on difficult challenges. i believe then, as i do today, that alabamans, are ready to do
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big things. each one of you, in one way or another, confirms these beliefs with what together we achieved in our first legislative session last year, and for that reason and a whole lot more, i'm extremely proud, extremely pleased to report to you tonight that the state of our state is strong and growing. [ applause ] >> and early on, i made one of the most important decisions i would make as your governor. and that was to begin regular meetings with the bipartisan leaders of both the house and senate. look, no one here will be
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shocked to learn that our two political parties can't see eye to eye. but unlike what we've seen nationally, i knew that no one party has a monopoly of good ideas. and i felt at the time, and time has proven me correct, that these bipartisan meetings would help us come up with bipartisan solutions on everything from infrastructure funding to hopefully improving our state's education system. you see, success breeds success. and there's no better time to think big and bold than now. our future generations depend on us doing so. [ applause ] >> a prime benefit of working together with alabama, many
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pundits and long time observers of the legislature noted that the first session of the qua dren yum last spring was one of the most productive in decades. to that end, i want to sincerely thank each of you for helping us to address one problem that legislators and governors before us put off for 27 years. dealing openly and honestly with our aging, crumbling infrastructure. in recent weeks and months we have announced the state's fortune of $122 million worth of road and bridge projects in more than 48 of alabama's 67 counties, and this is just six months after the new revenue began coming in. [ applause ] >> and to the people of alabama, when they were signing the bill into law, rebuild alabama will
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only be spent on building roads and bridges. and in fact, we added strong accountability measures to make certain of this. in the first of many bipartisan efforts that we accomplished last year, and the good news is, alabama still, still has one of the lowest gas prices of any state in the nation. [ applause ] >> one of my top priorities for this coming session is tackling the problem that others have either chosen to ignore, or been unable to solve. both my strong faith in the lord, heartfelt concern for basic human rights, gives me a sense of urgency to address our long-standing challenges within our criminal justice system. ladies and gentlemen, we simply cannot afford to wait any longer
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to tackle this problem and to think that failure is not, is not an option. [ applause ] >> thanks to the support of the alabama legislature, we made good progress during the last session to invest in the issue of understanding and i'm pleased to report that our efforts are improving and moving in the right direction. over the past several months, the criminal justice group that i appointed last year, analyzed many of the crucial components necessary to address the need to rehabilitate those who are pris. and i am extremely proud of the hard work and tireless work of efforts like justice lions, chambliss, ward, and singleton, and representatives rowe, hill,
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and england, for their willingness to put aside all preconceptions and leave politics at the door for work for the best, for what is truly in the best interest of our state. [ applause ] >> now, look, not only working with the legislature, and others on bills designed to address some of these issues, currently, work is under way, well under way to addressing our antiquated and crumbling prison infrastructure. in the past few weeks, i visited a facility in a. dmore, and tuck will la prison, and we talked about the same issues firsthand. some of our worst and most crowded facilities, one of which was built more than 90 years ago, were never designed for the number of violent offenders that we have today. that's why i've asked
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commissioner up in nunn who has spearheaded reform to transition our prisons to housing implement inmates to rehabilitating people. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, alabama has no choice but to reinvent our correctional system, by replacing outdated and unsafe facilitates that pose a great risk to public safety and that inhibit the development of programs for inmate rehabilitation. you've heard me say this before and i will say it again. this is an alabama problem that must have an alabama solution. i look forward to working with each of you to solve it.
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[ applause ] >> to have successful reentry, the community college system provides educational work force training. england state which i recently visited recently is the only post secondary institution in the country that exclusively serves an incarcerated population. ya'll this partnership is really changing lives. just ask brandy mccain. in one year, brandy had completed the course work needed for three logistics certificates at in gram state. she was among the first group of in gram students to earn a nationally recognized credential until logistics. brandy worked her way with ingram's job placement team, to locate a job that she could use
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her newly-acquired skills. with their assistance, she landed a job at r. teway standing in fairfield, where she quickly moved up the ranks to become an administrator and staff rae cruiter. and brandy's new role as an employer, she is giving back, by looking to hire other qualified ingram state graduates. brandy, please stand and let the legislature thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you so much. what an achievement, brandy. as we continue to work on fixing
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our prison, an even better investment long term is building a world class public education system. in a few minutes, i'm going to outline my plans on how we're going to continue to make investments towards this goal. but first, i want to once again level with you, the members of the legislature, and certainly the people of alabama. during last year's session, the legislature gave those of alabama an opportunity to help modern our education system in a bold new direction, by having the opportunity for voters to vote on amendment number one, you with will be on the march 3rd primary ballot. but unfortunately, ya'll, we've got an all, we've gotten all too complacent at being at or near the bottom of national education
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ranking. surely we care about our students. surely we care that they learn and do well and score high. but ask yourself this question. is there any high school in alabama much less any college or university, that will continue to keep a head count to produce teams that are consistently dead last? will many? alabama? you know the answer to that. it is sad that too many of our third graders are not proficient in reading. in fact, according to the nation's report card, we are 49th in the nation in reading, and we are 52nd in the nation in math. and it gets worse as they get older. too many of our high school graduates simply are not ready for college or for a career. so let me be abundantly clear. this is not the fault of our hard-working teachers, principals and local
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superintendents. folks, it all starts with the system at the top. alabama's only one of six states that has an elected school board, and this board has selected five superintendents in the past five years. very simply, amendment number one will create term limits for the state board and no member will serve more than two six-year terms. thus bringing fresh ideas to the commission every few years. and equally important, the fewly constituted board will reflect the racial, gender, and geographic diversity to reflect the makeup of students in our public school system. there is just no other way to say it, folks. the system is not working. and for us who are preparing today's students with tomorrow's opportunities, it's time we get serious. it's time for term limits.
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it's time for accountability. it's time for stability. it is time to vote yes on amendment number one on march 3rd. [ applause ] >> thank you so much. now ya'll, in spite of our challenges with education, there's been some serious progress that's worth noting. since becoming your governor in april 2017, the results from our start strong, strong finish
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initiative gave us every reason to be extremely optimistic. we fully implemented our students to get the best start possible early on, that all but guaranteed that they have endless opportunities when pursuing their dreams post-high school. and we all know that world class work force begins with a world class education system. and the path that leads students with a solid foundation constructed in the first five years of life. now you just think on it. 95% of a child's brain develops from birth to age five. my education budget that i am proposing will provide an additional $25 million to expand our nationally recognized first class pre-k program. this significant increase will expand the program by another 193 classrooms.
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[ applause ] >> the bottom line is simple. providing students with a great start in life will yield dividends for generations to come. joining me in applauding secretary gina ross and her team at the nationally recognized department of earlychildhood education for having the nation's best pre-k program year after year. [ applause ] >> thank you so much, gee ga. and speaking of a bright fure, tonight i'm proposing a $1
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billion public student college authority k-12 education, as well as for two-year and four-year colleges and universities. this money will be distributed on a formula basis, to allow for much-needed capital eye quiv lens across the state. equally important, this bond will not include any legislative earmarks for pet projects. [ applause ] >> it's been almost 14 years since alabama made an investment of this size, by providing direct help to our students. and whether it's for new construction, safety improvements or technology upgrades, this billion dollar investment is coming at the right time, and for the right reasons. i urge the members of the legislature to help us make this investment a top priority for
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alabama's future. our children are counting on us. [ applause ] >> as i said before, the challenges we face with our public schools can't be blamed on the teacher, administrators, or the students. . our teachers are vitally important to our students' future. i personally am living proof of this. growing up am camden, my first grade teacher was mrs. elise hickey, and she was a favorite. she left a lasting impact on my life, by creating within me a passion for reading. it was because of her that led me to believe that if a child can learn to read, that he can learn to do anything. ladies and gentlemen, ms. hickey is one of the reasons i stand here as your governor tonight.
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[ applause ] >> teachers in our state deserve to be compensated for their hard work. they instill a love of learning in our students and help them dream to become the next generation of doctors, and economic developers and small business owners. that's why i'm tonight proposing a 3% pay raise for all teacher, pre-k, through community college. [ applause ] while no state in the nation has had more success in recent years attracting new investment and new industry, alabama must redouble our efforts to ensure that we will have the most sought-after and most qualified work force in the country. we have set an ambitious goal,
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of 500,000 employees with post-secondary credentials by 2025, that will stretch across all aspects of our education, and fowork force system. our future depends on it. last year, an army veteran, john kel, came to the career center hoping to turn his life around. he was going through some special troubles, and was out of work. that's when karl flelings, a veterans representative at the department of labor stepped in. karl helped john work on his resume, helped him apply for jobs, and most importantly, helped him retore confidence in his skills and abilities. with the career center, john landed a job in a local door
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manufacturing company. within a few months, thanks to his hard work and determination, he turned that opportunity into another job, with lsg electronics as a safety coordinator. john is still employed there today, even though a few months ago, he was facing considerable difficulty with employment. both john and paul are with us this evening. and john and paul, we certainly welcome you to the capitol. [ applause ] >> paul, your example of going, call, your example of going above and beyond is representative of so many of our state employees. for that reason, and many others, and also calling our legislature to provide a 2%
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increase for all state employees. [ applause ] >> this is the third, this will be the third straight year our state employees will see an increase in their paychecks. and you know whether it is the state trooper patrolling our highways, or social worker rescuing an abused child, we can be proud to have so many dedicated men and women who are giving their best to the people of alabama. and speaking of giving one's best, please join me in congratulating the team at the department of human resources thereby dedicating commissioner butner, for leading the nation two years in a row in placing foster children in a permanent
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loving home. [ applause ] >> there's one thing to talk about helping a child, but it is another thing to actually do it. so thank you, nancy, and your team. folks, i'd like to take this opportunity to recognize all the cabinet members who are within our administration, let them know how much you appreciate their efforts and what they do every day for our state.
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[ applause ] >> thank you so much. as we all know, 2019 was an especially difficult here for those who wear the badge. seven members of the alabama law enforcement community were killed while on duty. these heroes exhibited the best virtues of our state. they were selfless, brave, dedicated, determined, and in the end, willing to sacrifice their lives for all. representing all of these families tonight, we have ms. joanne williams, the widow of sheriff big john williams with us tonight. ms. williams, would you stand
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and let us say thank you? [ applause ] >> you'll please join me in a moment of silent prayer to remember all of those who died in the greatest act of selfless service to the people of alabama. let us pray.
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and all god's people said amen. >> amen. >> obviously one of our most basic responsibilities as a government is ensuring that we have a robust sector, a public sector, and i'm happy to report under the solid leadership of secretary al taylor, the alabama law enforcement agency has increased protection on our state's roads and waterways. for too long, we were operating on a bare bones structure that increased delays in waiting for help on the side of the road and limited the number of highway patrol officers whose job it is to keep us safe. it's been a top focus of our administration, with your help, we've increased the number of troopers from 365 to 435. that's a net increase of 19%.
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we've almost doubled our marine officers from 24 to 42. my budget will include additional funding to hire and train 50 additional sworn officers. [ applause ] >> since coming into office, i have made it no secret that the fact that one of the most critical issues we face, one that will affect every single alabaman is the upcoming census in march. march 2020, this will be a make-or-break year for our state. i cannot emphasize enough the importance of what a full and accurate count in the 2020 census means for our state.
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these numbers have a direct impact on the state's representation in the united states house of representatives, as well as on the billions of dollars in federal funding, that's billions with a b, it affects school, community programs, health care, and job opportunities for our state. so thanks to the leadership of the deputy director kenneth bosswell and his team, with going all around to get everyone to be all-in. and it is ever so important for every alabaman to join me in saying, i count. by completing the census form. [ applause ] >> other areas that are being worked on by the administration every day is including access to broadband, that continues to be a top priority, to continue
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increasing the availability of high speed internet throughout the state. especially in rural alabama, through the broadband accessibility fund. now, if the government cannot do it alone, we are counting on the help of our partners in the private sector, my budget will continue to provide funding to connect as many people as possible here in the coming years. currently 227,000 alabamans do not have any wired internet providers where they live. our efforts will not end until every alabaman has access to high speed broadband. [ applause ] >> as much as governor kilde increased funding in public
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helmet 100 years ago, my budget will make a substantial development in the rural of health care, both rural, and mental health as well. [ applause ] >> another sign of our commitment to improving the lives of those who live in rural alabama is my full support for a pilot program to incentivize primary care physicians and nurse practitioners to establish services in medically underserved areas. i'm calling on the alabama legislature to support my rural health care initiatives, which among other things, will help improve basic primary care in many deserving communities. by encouraging these medical professionals to build a practice in these areas, we can literally transform many towns throughout the state. and thanks to the innovative
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leadership being provided by the mental health commissioner lin bashear-hunting i'm calling on the legislature for funding to build three new crisis centers in the state. when these are opened and fully staffed, these centers will become a safe haven for people facing mental health challenges. and at these centers, if these people can be stabilized and treated without being sent to jail, or the hospital. [ applause ] >> and a special thanks go to house majority leader ledbetter and his members from both parties, and both chambers, who have been working with him, to lead the charge to put additional emphasis on this important area of public
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service. i'm also proud that our mental health department is partnering with the department of education to ensure that we are promoting whole child wellness. the fact is, folks, our students are with us for eight hours a day, and than of these students come from home life that few of us can imagine. our students are increasingly dealing with challenges and pressures for most teachers weren't trained and they're not prepared to deal with. these young people need our help. and we are going to do our part. [ applause ] >> as the members of this legislature begin the upcoming session, let me close my remarks tonight with a reminder, a challenge, and a promise.
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first, a reminder. we are starting to enjoy the best timing our state has ever had. ever. and thanks to the hard work of the commerce secretary and his team, as well as labor secretary fitzgerald-washington and his team, these are unquestionably the best times that we've had. we have the lowest unemployment rate in our 2200 year history at 2.7%. and more than 82,000 alabamans, our fellow citizens, are working today than were working just a year ago. [ applause ] >> and from the beginning of the last year, congress predicted we would gain 27,000 jobs in 2019.
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and our economy beat those expectations by gaining nearly 77,000 jobs. and that too is a record for our state. [ applause ] >> there is one more record. fewer number of people are living in poverty than ever before in our history. [ applause ] >> all of these results don't happen just in a month or two. they are happening because we are working together. more united than ever before. and even so, there are some 60,000 alabamans seeking employment opportunities, still others are hoping to climb the next step up the economic ladder, so i say to every one across the state, who is still
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climbing, we will not leave you behind. [ applause ] >> now, my reminder is that every challenge is an opportunity waiting for action. and while we are enjoying the best of times, and our budget requests certainly reflect that, we must prepare for a changing environment, one beyond our control, that recognizes times won't always be that good. so to that end, here is my challenge. for years, going back to 1999, with governor sigamore, and the alabama lottery, we have been hearing that expanding gaming in some form, perhaps the lottery,
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or maybe a compact with our native american neighbors, would solve all our problems and provide money for all sorts of good ideas. keep in mind the last time the legislature gave the voters an opportunity to cast their vote, the so-called education lottery, was voted down by the people of alabama by 54%-46%. it wasn't even close. since then we have heard promises of hundreds of millions of dollars. now we're even up to a billion dollars that will be made available if only the legislature would give the people another opportunity to vote on a lottery, or if i would negotiate a compact. if it were only that simple. many of our legislators were not even serving the last time a governor had to declare our budget making sweeping across
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the board deep cuts. folks, i remember those times. let me tell you, you don't want to go back there. that is why i will be signing an executive order to establish a small working group of some of alabama's most distinguished citizens to begin working together all the -- working to gather all the facts on how much money weekend really gain if some form of gaming expansion occurred. vetting on these individuals is already under way. i will be making these names available to you and releasing these names in the coming days. like you, i'm fully aware that the four states which border us all have some form of gaming, and neither you nor i are naive enough to believe we're benefiting if in any way when our people cross the state line to bet on a game of chance.
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now while i personally have no belief we should fund essential state services with unstable sources of funding, i have always maintained that the people of alabama should have the final say on whether or not we're going down this path. so that, my friends, is what this working group will be charged to get, the facts, and once they've done so, i will bring these facts to the 140 members of the legislature and the people of alabama and we will then once and for all be in a position to determine whether or not this is a path we want to pursue. ultimately, my pledge would be that for the people of alabama to have the final say, but first we must get the facts and understand what they mean. so my challenge to the legislature is give us some time
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to get the facts and then together we will give the people of alabama the information they need to make the most informed decision possible. [ applause ] as you know, when we've achieved great success in the past, it was only accomplished through a bipartisan effort and many months of advocacy to do what's in the best interest of the pen people of our state. so, finally, my promise. throughout my service as your governor i have pledged to level with you and to be a governor who doesn't shrink from responsibility just because it's hard. and i promise you this, i'm going to do all i can to help lead our state to solve tough problems and realize our untapped potential. serving your governor has been
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the utmost honor and privilege of my life. you see, i truly believe this is our moment. our moment as the people of alabama, as we confidently step into our third century, to do the things that need to be done for both today and in the years to come, and ladies and gentlemen, i cannot do this without your help. your partnership and your support, together let's make this moment count. [ applause ] and may god continue to bless each of you and the great state of alabama. [ applause ]
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[ applause ] and now president trump and first lady melania trump are in india for their first official visit to the country. today, they visited indian freedom lead er mahat magandhi' place.
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and the president joined a rally held at the world's largest cricket stadium. the president and the first lady also visited the taj mahal. tomorrow, a formal welcome ceremony will be held at the presidential palace in new delhi followed by a wreath laying at the gandhi memorial. president trump holds a press conference with the prime minister. up next, we'll show you president trump and the first lady's visit to the taj mahal.
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>> do you want to do a press conference now? >> that would be perfect. >> have any questions about anything? >> what do you think of it? >> incredible, right? isn't it great? incredible. truly incredible. >> thank you, guys.
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>> good job you have today, right? >> it's beautiful. >> perfect. >> perfect. >> how did you like the stadium today, everybody? wasn't that something? >> amazing. amazing sight. >> incredible sight. >> i'm good. i'm just doing a vertical. >> they're going to walk down together just the two of them down this side on the walkway. once they start walking --
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up next, australian prime minister scott morrison discussing the recent wildfires which have killed at least 33 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals. he also brought forth a motion in the australia house of representatives which honors the wildfire victims and first responders while also pledging parliament support to assist affected areas. this is about 45 minutes. >> the leader of the house. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i move that so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent the following from occurring in relation to proceedings of the house today. one, the prime minister to move a motion of

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