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NZ And Aust Discuss Closer Defence Links - Report

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Wayne Mapp. Pic: NZPA
Wayne Mapp. Pic: NZPA

Wellington, May 5 NZPA - New Zealand and Australia have discussed a closer defence relationship to deal with emerging crises in the Pacific, it was reported today.

The New Zealand Herald, reporting from Canberra, said Australia's new defence white paper recommended integration "in the Anzac tradition".

The proposals have not been defined but could be as ambitious as as an Anzac task force capable of deploying at short notice, the report said.

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp had held discussions with Australian Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon on the potential to tighten the already close relationship.

"I expect a more collaborative approach." Mr Mapp said.

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