Anthony Albanese and Bill Gates first meet at Kirribilli House

Anthony Albanese hosts tech billionaire Bill Gates at Kirribilli house to discuss Pacific climate, energy and vaccines: ‘I admired your work’

  • Anthony Albanese met with Bill Gates at Kirribilli House
  • PM meets Microsoft billionaire for first time
  • Mr Gates said he loved visiting Australia during the meeting

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met Microsoft founder Bill Gates at Kirribilli House to discuss climate change, energy and health issues.

Mr Albanese – and his dog Toto – welcomed the billionaire to the Prime Minister’s official residence in Sydney on Sunday.

It was the couple’s first time meeting with the pair to discuss pressing issues like climate change, renewable energy and vaccines abroad.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met Microsoft founder Bill Gates at Kirribilli House to discuss climate change, energy and health issues

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met Microsoft founder Bill Gates at Kirribilli House to discuss climate change, energy and health issues

Mr Gates said he loves visiting Australia, while Mr Albanese said he “admires” the philanthropy the tech billionaire is doing.

“May I welcome you here – we have never met, but I have admired your work and contribution, not only financially but also in stimulating debate, including the need to address health issues,” he said Prime minister.

“We’re just out of the pandemic, but we need to prepare for future health challenges – and the work being done to eradicate malaria and other diseases in our region is very important.”

Mr. Gates is visiting Australia with the Gates Foundation and representatives from his company Breakthrough Energy, which is driving innovation in sustainable energy and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“My government was elected on the basis of taking climate change seriously – we introduced the first statutory caps of 43 percent by 2030 and net zero by 2050,” the Prime Minister said.

“We are working to put in place a whole range of mechanisms that will drive private sector investment.

It was the couple's first time meeting with the pair to discuss pressing issues like climate change, renewable energy and vaccines abroad

It was the couple’s first time meeting with the two to discuss pressing issues such as climate change, renewable energy and vaccines overseas

“Here in Australia, the business community has been way ahead of government in action and now we are working with all state and territory governments and the private sector to help drive that change.”

Mr Gates thanked the Prime Minister for his “great partnership” on international health issues, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“There is a lot to do there, as you say, preparing for the next pandemic is still a discussion that has not yet been resolved,” he said.

“Long term, we want to do malaria the same way we do polio, eradicate it regionally and then eradicate it globally.

‘Both the foundation and Breakthrough Energy are excited about the things we can do together.’

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