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Australia to say G'day to President Trump

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Tom Rabe

As Foreign Minister Julie Bishop helped kick off G'Day USA she says the 2017 program is a chance to show US president-elect Donald Trump what Australia's made of.

At Sydney airport on Friday, Ms Bishop said Australia must take the good times with the bad in its enduring relationship with the United States, stating the relationship between the two countries is vital.

"In a time of unprecedented change with ever shifting global dynamics it's more important than ever to treasure the long-standing relationships, to recognise the enduring nature of a relationship that has survived the good times and the tough times," Ms Bishop said.

"There is no more important relationship to Australia than ours with the United States of America" Ms Bishop said at the launch of tourism project, celebrating its 14th year.

G'Day USA lets Australia showcase its creative, education and defence industries across the US.

At this year's G'Day USA Gala three Australians - TV producer David Hill, costume and set designer Catherine Martin and actor Ben Mendelsohn - will be honoured for their contribution to the entertainment and creative industries.

Ms Bishop said Australia will work with whoever is in power in the US but the strong relationship between the countries must be nurtured.

"With the new administration it gives us an opportunity to emphasise the importance of this relationship to Australia and to the United States," she told the Nine Network earlier in the day.

The Gala event in Los Angeles on January 28 comes just a week after Mr Trump officially becomes president.

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