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John Key to go in to bat for Kiwis in Oz

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Cricket, trade and welfare benefits will be on the agenda when Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets his Kiwi counterpart for official talks.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his senior cabinet ministers are in Australia for a three day visit.

Mr Abbott and Mr Key will discuss mutual economic opportunities, trade and next year’s Cricket World Cup which the two countries are co-hosting.

Mr Key is under pressure from across the ditch to secure a better deal for expat New Zealanders living in Australia, who are denied the same welfare benefits that Australians living in NZ automatically receive.

He’s raised the issue with Mr Abbott and former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard in the past but has failed to win any concessions.

Mr Key and his ministerial delegation will also meet with Australian cabinet ministers before attending a trans-Tasman business lunch at a Sydney hotel.

They’ll finish the day with an Australian and NZ business reception at Kirribilli House.