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Tuesday 20 Feb 2018 | 08:44 | SYDNEY
Tuesday 20 Feb 2018 | 08:44 | SYDNEY

Are we ignoring the PM\'s NZ visit?



17 February 2011 09:19

Overnight I received some reader feedback that touched a nerve — namely, that The Interpreter has been out to lunch regarding Prime Minister Gillard's visit to New Zealand.

I've been scanning some of the transcripts, speeches and statements to come out of the visit, but I'm left mute. It's not that I dismiss the event as insignificant, but I'm too distant from the issue to see anything hugely newsworthy in it.

It's hard to think of two other sovereign states in the world as closely aligned — politically and culturally — as New Zealand and Australia. From my perch, this visit looks like another incremental step towards bringing the economic relationship in line with the political and cultural one. I wonder where this will end — if two countries as different as Greece and The Netherlands can share a currency, why can't we' (An old chestnut, I know, and perhaps the euro model does not hold the attractions it used to.)

We have some smart readers in New Zealand, so I welcome some substantive commentary from them about What It All Means.

Photo by Flickr user nznationalparty.

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