Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to visit New Zealand

  • 13/02/2017
Bill English NZ PM
Bill English (File)

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is headed across the ditch on Friday for his first official meeting with Prime Minister Bill English in Queenstown.

Prime Minister Bill English said he expected the leaders would discuss refugees during the visit. In 2013 the Government offered to re-settle 150 refugees from Australia each year, but it was not taken up.

Mr English said the offer still stands if Australia wants to take it up.

"They appear to have been able to maintain their agreement with the US, they may not need to take it up, but we'll note it in passing," he said.

While Mr Turnbull's office is yet to publicly release details of the trip, Mr English's statement says the prime minister will be accompanied by Treasurer Scott Morrison and Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos.

They will meet with Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges.

The flying visit will include a meeting with business leaders from both countries, with the leaders to lay a wreath at the Arrowtown War Memorial.

"This visit will be a good opportunity to discuss global economic trends and our shared interest in advancing the trade agenda in the Asia-Pacific," Mr English said in the statement.

"We will also review progress towards our Trans-Tasman economic integration ambitions.

"We will continue discussions on the situation of New Zealanders in Australia, particularly following Prime Minister Turnbull's welcome announcement in 2016 of a pathway to citizenship.''

Mr Turnbull hosted Mr English's predecessor John Key in Sydney this time last year.

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