So our state and territory leaders have been catching up this week, chatting about all sorts of things like applying the GST to overseas purchases and just raising the GST in general. But yesterday they came up with another important resolution.
They've agreed to make the Northern Territory Australia's seventh state.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) announced on Thursday that it will take steps to make the Northern Territory a state.
"Leaders also supported the Northern Territory chief minister's resolve for the NT to become Australia's seventh state," COAG said in a statement on Thursday morning.
NT Chief Minister Adam Giles said the change would mean the territory is no longer seen as a "second tier" territory.
"It's great to see engagement among Australia's political leadership for this move and it comes after extensive lobbying by the Territory since the Country Liberals entered government in 2012.
"Now we start the journey ensuring it is inclusive of all Territorians and that we agree on the mechanics of being recognised as a state. There is much work to be undertaken in the next three years."
The territory is aiming to achieve statehood by 1 July, 2018.
Which means this is one step closer to becoming our national paper of record.
This guy is about to become our national mascot.
And this is out new... national pastime?
Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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