Australian PM visits Western Australia to prepare for Commonwealth summit

19:20, January 06, 2011      

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Thursday visited Western Australia (WA) to prepare for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.

Gillard said the three-day event will be on show to millions of people around the world when leaders from 53 countries attend the CHOGM in Perth in late October.

Gillard and WA Premier Colin Barnett toured Kings Park to prepare for the building of a nine million U.S. dollars leaders retreat as the key conference venue.

The official opening of CHOGM will be staged at the Perth Convention Centre, but the substantive discussions will take place at the Kings Park facility.

Gillard said it will be the biggest international event WA has hosted.

"It is an event of huge significance and it's going to be an amazing event here in Western Australia," she told ABC News.

The State and Federal governments are continuing to work on security and accommodation arrangements for the world leaders, while the Prime Minister gave no insight into what would be on the agenda of the meeting.

The CHOGM is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations.

Source: Xinhua
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