New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Prime Minister John Key’s state visit to Australia

Prime Minister Key travelled to Australia on his first official state visit from 18 to 23 of August.

Prime Minister Key attended a number of successful meetings with both state and federal leaders, strengthening relations with Australia.

The Prime Minister began his trip by meeting with Victorian Premier John Brumby in Melbourne and addressing the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). The Prime Minister’s speech can be accessed at the Beehive website.

Prime Minister Key met with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra on Thursday 20th August. The two Prime Ministers released a joint statement detailing their fourth bilateral meeting which can be accessed at the Beehive website.

In particular, Prime Minister Key also announced new measures designed to ease trans-Tasman travel. The Prime Minister’s statement can also be found at the Beehive website.

The seventh Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum was held on the 21st and 22nd of August in Sydney. The Forum was attended by government and business leaders from both New Zealand and Australia, including Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Rudd. New Zealand’s Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee and the Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr took the opportunity to formally sign an agreement to join forces to bid for the A$2.5 billion (NZ$3.1 billion) international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. More information about the project and the agreement can be found at the Beehive website and the New Zealand SKA website.

The first ever Australia-New Zealand joint Cabinet meeting was held in Sydney on the 22nd of August. This historic meeting involved fourteen Cabinet ministers and was co-chaired by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Prime Minister John Key. Further information on the meeting can be found at the Beehive website.

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