Prime Minister John Key will make a flying visit to Canberra
on Wednesday to meet Australia's new Prime Minister Tony
Mr Key will see Mr Abbott again at the Apec leaders' summit
in Bali next week, and at the East Asia Summit in Brunei
Mr Key will be the first foreign leader to visit Mr Abbott in
Australia, although Mr Abbott's is visiting Indonesia at
For several decades New Zealand prime ministers have tried to
be the first leader to visit a new Australian prime minister.
Mr Key and Mr Abbott will meet for an hour late Wednesday
afternoon, and have dinner together before Mr Key flies back
Tensions between Australia and Indonesia over the Coalition
Government's policy on boat people will be top of the agenda
for Mr Abbott in Jakarta.
Mr Abbott campaigned on turning the boats back.
Mr Key confirmed he would discuss the issue with Mr Abbott to
see whether the agreement he made with former Prime Minister
Julia Gillard to take 150 refugees from Australia still
There would be no change in New Zealand's annual quota of 750
refugees under a commitment to the United Nations refugee
Mr Key will also discuss progress on the Trans Pacific
Leaders of the 12 participating countries will gather on the
sidelines of the Apec Summit in a meeting chaired by US
President Barack Obama.
Mr Key will fly with the Royal New Zealand Air Force for both
- By Audrey Young of the NZ Herald