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Looks Like Australia Is Getting A Seventh State

At least our leaders can agree on one thing.

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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.

So welcome aboard, Northern Territory. We'll see you in 2018.

Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Rob Stott at rob.stott@buzzfeed.com.

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