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National Press Club: One thing new premier will not do

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas has made one thing crystal clear during a major speech to the National Press Club.

He will not be running for federal politics.

Mr Malinauskas delivered the nationally televised address in Canberra on Wednesday and was asked if he had any ambitions to work at a federal level.

His response was blunt: “Absolutely not.”

“I made a very deliberate decision some time ago to put my hand up to represent the people of my state and state politics,” Mr Malinauskas said.

“I have not regretted the decision for one moment so I can rule that out.”

SA Premier Peter Malinauskas
Camera IconPeter Malinauskas addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp Australia

Following his resounding win in the state election, the Premier was asked if he had any advice for Anthony Albanese, who is about to face a federal election campaign.

“He doesn’t need advice from me,” Mr Malinauskas said.

“Anthony Albanese is one of the most experienced leaders that our country has had. He will bring an extraordinary degree of experience of the prime ministership which I desperately hope is able to succeed at achieving potentially in a few weeks time.

“Albo has a record of delivery for the people of Australia and the major economic portfolios and he doesn’t need advice from me and I wish all the very best in a few weeks time.”

SA Premier Peter Malinauskas
Camera IconThe SA Premier ruled out ever running in federal politics during his address. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp Australia

During his speech, Mr Malinauskas strongly endorsed four-year electoral terms and said Australia should welcome more people fleeing conflict in Ukraine and Afghanistan.

He lauded the extraordinary contributions of previous generations of “new Australians”.

Mr Malinauskas said Australia could and must do more, offering to help lead the debate about the country’s unambitious refugee caps.

He said anything less than a doubling of the current number would be insufficient.

SA Premier Peter Malinauskas
Camera IconMr Malinauskas said Australia did not create enough highly skilled jobs. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp Australia

The Premier was also asked about Nick Xenophon’s attempt to return to federal politics.

“It strikes me Xenophon’s time in the sun has passed,” he said.

Mr Malinauskas also called on the former senator to explain his work for Chinese telco giant Huawei.

Premier Peter Malinauskas took to social media telling his followers he would give an address at the National Press Club of Australia on Wednesday. Picture: Facebook
Camera IconMr Malinauskas took to social media saying he would give an address at the National Press Club of Australia on Wednesday. Facebook Credit: NCA NewsWire
Premier Peter Malinauskas took to social media telling his followers he would give an address at the National Press Club of Australia on Wednesday. Picture: Facebook
Camera IconHe told his followers he would discuss his policy platform that could tackle the increasing cost of living. Facebook Credit: NCA NewsWire

Prior to his speech, Mr Malinauskas posted a video to Facebook while out on a run through Canberra.

“We have a challenge in our country at the moment where the cost of living is going up and wages thus far haven’t shown us much movement that’s required to keep pace with the rate of inflation. It’s been a challenge with us for a long time,” he said.

“We have a policy platform to tackle that challenge and make sure everyone working here (in Canberra) is taking on that challenge too.

“We need to make sure Australia continues to be not just a lucky country but a fair country.”

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