PM Scott Morrison says he’s confident fallout over the cancellation of France’s submarine contract will not tank Australia’s chances at a free trade deal – in an address from New York with Defence and Foreign Ministers Peter Dutton and Marise Payne.

It comes following bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden and a meeting with European leaders at the United Nations in which Mr Morrison addressed the General Assembly.

“There’s an understanding that these are issues that aren’t on the same track,” Mr Morrison said in an address to the nation from New York.

“We’ve been working on the trade issues for many years now. We’re not alone in that. The Canadians have been doing the same.

“It’s no easy thing to land a trade deal with Europe and there are many complex issues that Minister Tehan will continue to work through.

“Obviously they’ll be consulting with their members, but I was very pleased with the discussions we had on that topic today.”

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