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Scott Morrison Congratulates Joe Biden On Becoming 46th US President

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Scott Morrison Congratulates Joe Biden On Becoming 46th US President

Australia's Prime Minister has offered his warm congratulations to Joe Biden on becoming the 46th President of the United States.

Scott Morrison has also praised Kamala Harris for being sworn in as Vice President.

"The Australia-US Alliance has never been more important," he wrote on Twitter. "I wish you both every success for your time in office and look forward to working closely with your new administration."

That sentiment was backed up by New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, who also hopes the incoming administration will continue the alliance for the next four years.

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Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Credit: PA
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Credit: PA

"New Zealand and the United States have shared interests in addressing global challenges including climate change, the Covid-19 economic recovery, and the security, prosperity and sustainability of the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Island regions," she said in a statement.

"We have a common investment in the international rules-based order and I welcome President Biden's intentions for the US to re-join the Paris Agreement and halt its withdrawal from the World Health Organisation.

"President Biden is a good friend of New Zealand, and we have fond memories of his 2016 visit to our shores. Under his presidency the strong and close relationship that New Zealand enjoys with the United States will continue to develop and flourish.

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"President Biden's message of unity as he takes office is one that resonates with New Zealanders and, on behalf of New Zealand, I wish him well as he begins his presidency."

Leaders around the world have praised the Biden-Harris Administration and hope the next four years brings in unity, healing and peace.

Joe Biden promised to tackle white supremacy, domestic terrorism and political extremism during his time in the White House; noting that America has been divided for too long.

He will also hit the ground running on his first day in office by signing a record 15 executive orders.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Many of them are overturning or halting controversial policies introduced during Donald Trump's Administration.

Biden will pull funding for the construction of 'The Wall' between Mexico and the US, stop the travel ban from some Muslim-majority countries, and rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organisation.

He will stop the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, halt oil and gas development at national wildlife monuments, make sure all future censuses count non-US citizens, and mandate for social distancing and mask wearing in federal buildings.

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Biden is also keen on pausing student loan repayments and ensure the DREAM program continues.

Federal agencies will be ordered to prioritise racial equality and review any policies seen to reinforce systemic racism.

The report of Trump's '1776 Commission' - which was set to promote 'patriotic education' will also be revoked. The Trump document was released just hours before he left office and argues that slavery was not 'a uniquely American evil'.

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Topics: Australia

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