For­mer PM hopes new PM can work with Aussies

The Dominion Post - - Politics -

Na­tional leader Bill English hopes new Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern can im­prove her re­la­tion­ship with the Aus­tralian govern­ment, fol­low­ing the dust-up around Labour MP Chris Hip­kins’ in­volve­ment with Aus­tralian Deputy PM Barn­aby Joyce’s cit­i­zen­ship row. Speak­ing to Sky News yes­ter­day, English said: ‘‘It’s im­por­tant that re­la­tion­ship is pos­i­tive for the new prime min­ster be­cause of this bit of ten­sion ... in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Aus­tralia and New Zealand.’’

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