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Anthony Albanese meets Japanese PM ahead of Shinzo Abe funeral

Anthony Albanese has held a bilateral meeting with Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida while he is in Tokyo for Shinzo Abe’s funeral.

His office has released the public opening remarks:

Well, thank you very much for the welcome on my second visit to Japan as prime minister. It is important that Australia show our condolence to yourself as prime minister, but also to the people of Japan on the tragic loss of former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

He was very well respected. And as an international statesperson, it is clear that the Quad leaders’ dialogue would not have occurred without his leadership.

The relationship between Australia and Japan is so important and that importance is underlined by the fact that I am here as the sitting prime minister, even though our parliament is sitting.

I have brought with me as well the former prime ministers Turnbull, Abbott and Howard. So you have a very high-level attendance to pay our respects and show our respects to not just Mr Abe’s family but to the people of Japan.

We share such common interests, in particular for a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is so important that we continue to work together and to work with our partners as well to advance that common interest.

Anthony Albanese shakes hands with Japan's Fumio Kishida during their meeting in Tokyo
Anthony Albanese shakes hands with Japan’s Fumio Kishida during their meeting in Tokyo. Photograph: Japan Pool/Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

On Wednesday the Australian Electoral Commission will appear at parliament’s inquiry into the 2022 election.

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As Guardian Australia reported in July, the special minister of state, Don Farrell, has said after the inquiry Labor will look to legislate spending caps, truth in political advertising and improve adherence to the one-vote one-value principle.

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The chair of the joint standing committee on electoral matters, Kate Thwaites, said:

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The AEC delivered the 2022 election for more than 17 million voters. This is a huge logistical exercise, that was made more complex by the pandemic. The committee will hear from the AEC about what worked well, as well as areas that might need reform for future elections.

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The committee will also look to hear from the AEC about areas it’s examining as part of this inquiry, including funding of elections, truth in political advertising laws, and Indigenous enrolment and participation in elections.

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The committee’s inquiry into the 2022 Election is an important part of keeping our democracy strong and helps ensure the conduct of our elections is accountable and transparent.

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