Australian politicians continue Pacific tour | Pacific Beat

Australian politicians continue Pacific tour

Australian politicians continue Pacific tour

Updated 12 December 2012, 18:40 AEDT

A delegation of Australian politicians are flying to New Caledonia this afternoon as part of their annual high level visit to the Pacific island nations.

The group is being led by the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs and Foreign Affairs Richard Marles, and includes Labor Senator Louise Pratt and Opposition MP's Bob Baldwin and Ewen Jones, and it is the second year that the annual trip has crossed the sometimes rocky Australian political boundaries.

Also travelling with them is Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, Penny Watson.

So far the group has visited the Marshall Islands and Tonga, with New Caledonia and Solomon Islands the next destinations.

Speaking from Tonga, Mr Marles told Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney he held his first official meeting with Tonga's King Tupou the sixth, since he ascended to the throne.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Richard Marles

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