By Peter Woolcott AO
I have recently responded to correspondence asking why Australia has decided not to participate in recent negotiations towards a nuclear ban treaty. Given that this is an important policy position – and one where Australia’s position differs to that taken by New Zealand – I thought it would be useful to share my response more widely. I have also addressed comments regarding Australia’s support for progressing the Arms Trade Treaty.
By Kristin Blume and Kym Johnson
Canberra is Australia’s capital city. We are a city state, located a few hundred kilometres inland from Sydney, and known as Australia’s bush capital, and most liveable city. We have a population of nearly 400,000, projected to grow to half a million by 2033.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is committed to evolving Canberra into a smart and connected digital city, through a range of leading edge initiatives. Smart cities use real time information and technology to engage and collaborate with residents to better plan and access services, deliver integrated, smart transport, attract and create jobs, and place the citizen in the centre of all service delivery.
New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Queenstown for the annual Leaders Meeting.
As the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand the event you look forward to most each year is the annual Leaders Meeting.
While invariably short, these visits can accomplish a huge amount for a bilateral relationship. They set the direction for work that will continue long after the PM’s plane leaves, and they build the foundations of mutual respect and trust between leaders which is so important in maintaining strong relationships between countries. It is also a chance to cut through bureaucratic thickets and get decisions made.
Brendan Lyon is the Chief Executive of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Australia and New Zealand have a great relationship, because we’ve got a lot of shared experience and a huge amount of mutual regard and trust.
That’s why the Closer Economic Relations treaty was possible – an agreement to integrate two national economies which remains a world-class example more than 30 years on.
By Adrian Littlewood, New Zealand Co-Chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum
In two days, more than 200 senior Australian and New Zealand business leaders and nine Government Ministers will meet in Sydney to identify ways to further improve the trans-Tasman relationship. The meeting will coincide with the Australian and New Zealand Government’s annual CER/Single Economic Market meeting.
This week’s Blog is written by the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Mr Andrew Barr MLA.
This week’s blog is by Alison Duncan. Alison heads up the economic and trade team at the Australian High Commission in New Zealand. She has previously served in Indonesia and Solomon Islands.
She undertook ANZSOG’s Executive Master in Public Administration from 2013-14. In 2015, she was awarded a Young Public Sector Leader Award by the Institute of Public Administration of Australia in recognition of her academic and professional achievements. Continue reading
‘I am delighted to have David Thodey (Chairman of CSIRO among many other things) as a guest blogger this week, commenting on Australian and New Zealand cooperation in the area of innovation. David has trans-Tasman bloodlines and is utterly committed to the innovation agenda in our two countries’
– Peter Woolcott, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
Peter Woolcott, 3 May 2016
This is the first in a series of regular blogs that the Australian High Commission in Wellington will present. These blogs will deal with issues as seen from a more personal perspective. It will not be just me who blogs on this site. It will also reflect the thoughts of other senior members of the High Commission and the occasional guest blogger. I will start with a few thoughts on the economic relationship between our two countries for it is this, and the people to people links, which is the bedrock.