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04 February 2013
Prime Ministers Key and Gillard to meet in Queenstown

Prime Minister John Key will host Australian counterpart Julia Gillard in Queenstown this coming weekend for the annual New Zealand – Australia Prime Ministers’ talks.

“This year marks 30 years since the conclusion of CER, one of the most comprehensive and successful trade agreements in the world.  CER has helped make Australia and New Zealand two of the most integrated economies anywhere,” says Mr Key. 

“With Prime Minister Gillard, I also look forward to discussing the recommendations of our Joint Productivity Commissions’ report into strengthening economic relations between Australia and New Zealand.” 

The Prime Ministers will also discuss cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and other parts of the world, particularly as Australia looks towards assuming presidency of the G20 and a seat on the UN Security Council. Australia and New Zealand’s engagement on defence and security matters, including cooperation on cyber-security, will also be on the agenda.

“I look forward to this annual meeting with Prime Minister Gillard. It provides the opportunity to build on our shared ties and discuss areas where we can engage in a constructive manner.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Gillard to New Zealand. I look forward to making progress on our shared agendas and strengthening the friendship between our respective countries.”


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#1 - Paula Wagstaff said:
2013-02-04 19:21 - (Reply)

Mr Prime Minister. It is with regret that you are unable to attend Sir Pauls funeral. I understand you will be with Prime Minister Gillard, but surely you could swing by, with her, and both attend. Ms Gillard would surely would like to share with all New Zealanders as we farwell our 'forerunner' who left an example for all New Zealanders to follow, and that is 'Justice for all' as we reachout to give those who need it, a hand up, so they can continue on, and after a short time, be self-suffiencet, and not dependant on hand outs. This would be something both countries could aspire to. Paul applied himself, you applied, yourself, and so let the whole country follow this example.

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