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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that representations have been made at the highest level, to both the United States Government and the United Nations, to support an Australian Government proposal to rename the San Andreas earthquake zone "Labor's Fault".

"Anyone who knows anything about geology can see that this is a complete mess," said Mr Turnbull, at a post Question Time press conference on Thursday. "It's massive, it's all over the place. It is a disaster waiting to happen and it has been around since the dawn of time. This has Labor and Bill Shorten's grubby hands all over it."

It is understood that negotiations on renaming the zone have been ongoing for some time, albeit with the issue being dogged by controversy. An unnamed senior Government sources told IAthat President Trump "really cracked the shits with Mal on the phone" claiming that plans were well advanced to actually rename the feature, by executive order, "Obama's Fault". 

"Australia has a strong case," said Turnbull. "We are going to press for this deal until such time as America tells us to stop it."

The Prime Minister also said that when the Coalition came to power in 2013, the Fault was a calamitous train wreck that was never going to make any money.

Mr Turnbull said that under Labor Australia should have followed the New Zealand model, referring to the Wellington Fault. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern would not be drawn on the controversy, leading Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to reiterate that she would find it difficult to build trust with Ms Ardern.

"And I don't think much of her frocks," said Ms Bishop.

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