Visit to Australia by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Visit to Australia by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Government Protocol and International Visits
Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr Mark Rutte stands in front of stairs with Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and The Honourable Scott Morrison MP.

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr Mark Rutte, spent three days on a working visit to Sydney and Melbourne from 9 to 11 October.  

Mr Rutte’s busy schedule began at Admiralty House where he was appointed an Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia for his exceptional leadership to establish the MH17 Joint Investigation Team.

He then met with Prime Minister Morrison for bilateral talks, which included discussions on MH17, strengthening the trade and investment relationship, the circular economy and opportunities for closer international cooperation.

Later in Sydney, Mr Rutte toured the State Library of New South Wales to view items of Dutch-Australian heritage. He also attended business events at the Sydney Opera House, met with the Premier of New South Wales, delivered a keynote speech at the Lowy Institute and toured the National Herbarium of New South Wales to see the Dutch technology being used in the Picturae Digitalisation Project.

Prime Minister Rutte’s Melbourne program saw him deliver a speech at an event hosted by Committee for Economic Development of Australia. He also met with Victorian state ministers, visited the Metro Tunnel project site and stopped by Melbourne International Games Week to view the Magic Table – a Dutch game that aims to help patients with dementia. On his final engagement, Mr Rutte stood on the field of the MCG and met with members of the Dutch community for morning tea.

Mr Rutte’s three-day visit reaffirmed Netherland’s strong and enduring friendship with Australia.