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Australia-New Zealand Ministerial Consultations

The Hon Richard Marles MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Defence

Senator The Hon Penny Wong
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Foreign Affairs

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Australia will host the inaugural Australia–New Zealand Foreign and Defence Ministers Consultations (ANZMIN) in Melbourne on 1 February.

Australia and New Zealand are the closest of friends – we share the bonds of history, geography and community.

We also share a common strategic outlook and vision for a peaceful, stable and prosperous region.

ANZMIN 2024 is an opportunity to strengthen our partnership, advance our shared interests with Pacific partners, and deepen our defence interoperability.

Our relationship has never been more important and our two countries are most effective when we work together.

Ministers will also meet for their respective Defence Ministers’ Meeting and Foreign Ministers’ Consultations.

Quote attributable to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Richard Marles MP:

“We look forward to hosting Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Minister Judith Collins in Melbourne for the inaugural ANZMIN meeting.

“As our region is being reshaped, Australia and New Zealand are committed to ensuring our alliance evolves in line with our strategic circumstances, is responsive and fit-for-purpose, and that we listen and work with our Pacific partners.

“This visit will build on Australia and New Zealand’s shared security interests, long-standing links between our people and the enduring spirit of Anzac.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:

“Australia sees New Zealand as family. As we face sharper strategic challenges and a more complex world, our partnership is indispensable.

“As allies and partners in the region, we rely on each other for the security and wellbeing of our citizens, and our Pacific neighbours count on us to deliver for our shared interests.

“ANZMIN 2024 will chart a course for this new phase of our strategic partnership.”

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