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and the Canadian premiers will be in Adelaide in two years.

Vic.Gov Premier media release:

BRACKS ADDRESSES HISTORIC PREMIER’S MEETING IN MONTREAL - 12 April 2006

Montreal: The Premier, Steve Bracks, addressed a historic gathering of Australian and Canadian Premiers today at a summit in Montreal, Canada.

Mr Bracks, who initiated the meeting of Premiers in September 2005 along with South Australian Premier Mike Rann, spoke on the benefits of collaborative federalism.

The Australian Premiers were guests at the Canadian Council of the Federation meeting, which is an annual meeting held by the 13 provincial and territorial Governments of Canada to discuss important national issues.

Discussions at the day long summit centred on international trade, biotechnology, transport, education and training.

“Australia and Canada have much in common, with similar federal political structures, a shared history in the Commonwealth and comparable challenges in the areas of economic and social policy,” Mr Bracks said.

“Canada, like all the Australian states, has been working to build a more collaborative relationship with the Federal Government to improve prosperity. This historic meeting gives us the chance to discuss future partnerships on trade and economic development as well as exchanging policy ideas in important areas such as skills and transport.”

Mr Bracks told the meeting that he would continue to pursue a Council of Federation style organisation in Australia which could compliment the existing Council of Australian Governments meeting – headed by the Commonwealth.

“A Council of the State and Territories could, much like the Canadian model, promote cooperation and closer ties, foster meaningful relations, and show leadership on important issues to the nation.”

Mr Bracks used the summit to talk about the recent success of the National Reform Agenda, a plan developed by Victoria and signed up to by all States, Territories and the Commonwealth at the recent COAG meeting, to lift Australia’s productivity and workforce participation over the next decade.

“That COAG meeting was, in my opinion, the most important of its type in a generation because of national prosperity was at stake. "It was also the most promising COAG meeting in a generation because it focused on collaborative policy making rather than parochial politicking.".

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In an era of more and more power being centralised in Canberra, there's always more room for mechanisms to allow the states & territories put up a united front.

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Canadian media release (PDF).
 

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Canadian media release/minutes said:
Premiers suggested that the Canadian and Australian federal governments explore ways to ease the transfer of skilled workers between the two countries and adapt visa requirements accordingly.
yes please. How bout dumping visa requirements altogether? if Australia and NZ can do it, and similarly the EU, so can Australia & Canada.

thoughts?
 

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It would be great if the UK, US, Canada, Aust and NZ had relaxed feedom of movement and labor laws....maybe one day. Be nice addition to my EU passport!:)
 

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Interesting that I never read, saw or heard anything regarding this in the local media.
 
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