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    SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister has called for closer links between Australia and New Zealand.

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    Background: SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister has called for closer links between Australia and New Zealand.

    He told Australian manufactures in Melbourne today that during his discussion with his Australian counterpart Mr. Whitlam it had been decided that there should be closer consultation and co-operation between the two countries in a number of areas.

    These include trade, financial and economic affairs, transport and energy.

    Mr. Kirk opened his visit to Australia in Canberra where he was greeted by the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Whitlam. It's Mr. Kirk's first official trip to Australia since becoming Prime Minister and he was given a full ceremonial welcome, including an honour guard.

    He met top ranking Cabinet officers and military men, before going on to one of his main tasks on the trip, the opening of New Zealand's new High Commission Building.

    The one million dollar chancery has drawn favourable comment for its design, and Mr. Kirk himself commented on the thinking behind the design.

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    The Prime Minister and Mrs. Kirk began their second day in the Australian capital with a visit to the National War Memorial.

    Here Mr. Kirk laid a wreath commemorating the war dead of both countries.

    It was to be one of his busiest days in Australia.

    In the afternoon, he had talks with the Australian leaders.

    But before this he addressed the Press Club in Canberra on the Australian and New Zealand relationship.

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