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Election of New Zealand Prime Minister.



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WENTWORTH

ELECTION OF NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER

On behalf of the Federal Opposition I congratulate John Key and the National Party of New Zealand on their election win.

John Key will bring not just political change to New Zealand, but also his considerable experience in the international financial markets - a background he will put to great use in these current challenging times.

New Zealand and Australia are as close as two friends can be - our rivalry on the sporting field notwithstanding!

It is vital to Australia that our trans-Tasman neighbour remains strong, energetic and engaged, in our region and the world, and I look forward to Prime Minister Key implementing his policies for reinvigoration and renewal.

John Key and his Party is committed, as we are, to the paramount importance of individual freedom, the spirit of enterprise, and the need for responsible economic management by government.

Although the challenges ahead will be demanding, I am confident John Key will prove as good as his word in getting the New Zealand economy back onto a strong growth path.

I look forward to working closely with him to advance the interests of both of our nations.

Can I also pay tribute to the contribution of the Rt Hon Helen Clark to trans-Tasman relations. Throughout her years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, she has been a stalwart friend of Australia.

9 November 2008