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Almost all of Australia’s state and territorial leaders have come to Canberra to meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison before the last National Cabinet of the year.

Morrison shared photos of the group overnight, appearing smiling and friendly at the Prime Minister’s official residence, despite an intense year that involved many clashes between them.

“After a long and difficult year, it was good to meet in person with Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers at The Lodge in Canberra for a special reception with the Governor General,” Morrison wrote in a post on social media Thursday night.
December 2020
Australian leaders at a group event at The Lodge in Canberra, December 10, 2020. From left: Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews, South African Prime Minister Steven Marshall, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, ACT Prime Minister Andrew Barr, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palasczuk, New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian and NT Senior Minister Michael Gunner. (Facebook)
Pictured are Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palasczcuk, ACT Senior Minister Andrew Barr and Northern Territory Senior Minister Michael Gunner.

Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein appears to have not yet arrived in the capital.

December 2020
Australian leaders at a group event at The Lodge in Canberra, 10 December 2020. From left to right: Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palasczuk, Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of South Africa Steven Marshall and Chief Minister of ACT Andrew Barr. (Facebook)

McGowan will be online remotely for today’s meeting, where, Morrison says, “vaccines, the economy and mental health are on the agenda.”

In what could be an attempt to show good faith and a willingness to compromise, the government has handed the reins over to Labor for the last day of the National Cabinet today.

9News political editor Chris Uhlmann said this year’s tensions between state and federal leaders during the pandemic, especially on the issue of border restrictions, had had “both tragic and absurd results” and “have at times revealed as a collection of colonies disguised as a nation. “

“There have been major disagreements in what is now known as the National Cabinet and it is too early to declare victory (in the COVID-19 pandemic),” Uhlmann said.

“But so far, Australian governments have undergone their biggest stress test since World War II.”

December 2020
Australian leaders at a group event at The Lodge in Canberra, December 10, 2020. (Facebook)

“We have done a good job together this year and we look forward to taking this forward until 2021,” Morrison wrote in his post Thursday.

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