February 8, 2023

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

Albanese, and his dog Toto, greeted the billionaire at the prime minister’s official residence in Sydney on Sunday.

It was the first time the couple had met with the two to discuss pressing issues, including climate change, renewable energy and overseas vaccinations.

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

Gates said he loved visiting Australia, while Albanese said he “admired” the philanthropy being done by the tech billionaire.

“May I welcome you here? We have not met before, but I have admired your work and your contribution not only financially but also in generating debate, including the need to address health issues,” the prime minister said.

“We have just been through the pandemic, but we must prepare for future health challenges, and the work that is 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 drives innovation in sustainable energy and technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“My government was elected on a platform of taking climate change seriously: we introduced the first legislative limits of 43 percent by 2030 and net zero by 2050,” the prime minister said.

‘We are committed to establishing a whole range of mechanisms that will boost private sector investment.

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

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, the preparation for the next pandemic is still an unresolved discussion,” he said.

‘Ultimately, we want to do the same thing we’ve done with polio: eradicate it regionally and then eradicate it globally.

“Both the foundation and Breakthrough Energy are excited about the things we can do together.”