On economic reform and now on national security, New Zealand can see beyond scare campaigns and political opportunities - unlike their cousins across the ditch, writes Barrie Cassidy.
Just this week Prime Minister John Key delivered a speech to the Institute of International Affairs on national security and the IS threat.
In that speech he talked about his obligations to secure the country and to support stability and the rule of the law internationally, and that's just as you would expect.
But Key - the leader of the conservative National Party - and prime minister since 2008 - spoke at length as well about a longer term strategy; dealing with the root causes of extremism; and that's something that gets precious little attention from the major parties in Australia.
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