House debates

Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Distinguished Visitors

Hipkins, Rt Hon. Chris, King, Hon. Dame Annette

1:59 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

on indulgence—Mr Speaker, can I add to your warm welcome of Prime Minister Hipkins. We had a very constructive meeting today. Australia and New Zealand are not just friends; we're family. We engage in our economic relationship, which is so important. Probably the CER is the world-class example of the best free trade agreement you could possibly have. On top of that, regarding the migration issues, we're working through streamlining citizenship arrangements between Australia and New Zealand. We hope to conclude those matters prior to Anzac Day. We will be co-hosts of the FIFA Women's World Cup later this year. That is the third-most-watched event in the world after the FIFA Men's World Cup and the Olympic Games, and it is a big deal for Australia and New Zealand. I look forward to continuing the close relationship between our countries, and I know that this is an issue as well that goes right across the chamber. We are friends, we will remain friends and you are very warmly welcomed. Thank you for giving us the honour of making your first international visit to Australia. It says a lot.


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