Thursday, June 20, 2024

PM congratulates Australian Labor party on election win

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election.

Mr Albanese is set to become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, taking the reins from Scott Morrison.

“I spoke to Anthony Albanese early this morning as he was preparing to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” Ms Ardern said.

“Anthony and I have had the chance to meet before and I have no doubt we’ll have a strong working relationship that will serve both countries well.

“Australia is our most important partner, our only official ally and single economic market relationship, and I believe our countries will work even more closely together in these tumultuous times.

“I would also like to acknowledge the strong working relationship I had with Scott Morrison. I am confident that the close and unique relationship between New Zealand and Australia will continue under Mr Albanese’s leadership.”

The Prime Minister said he hoped to meet with Mr Albanese in the near future and looked forward to working with him on a range of issues including supporting New Zealanders living in Australia, making trans-Tasman business easier, deepening Pacific partnershipships and advancing Trans Tasman interests on the world stage.

“Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are at our best when we work together; when we acknowledge our mutual interests, our shared values and the uniqueness of our perspectives; when we stand united as allies and whānau, recognising the strength in our diversity,” Ms Ardern said. 

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