Canberra, Nov 18:As Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Australia visit is nearing its climax and the two nations have signed key agreements, the Australian media is giving prominence to the Indian Prime Minister. Almost every major newspaper in the continent nation is talking about beginning of a new chapter in India-Australia's bilateral relations.
Talking about Prime Minister Modi's address to the Australian Parliament The Herald Sun says, "All eyes on 'rockstar' PM". The website goes on saying, "India's rock star Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed a joint sitting of Parliament - after drawing a crowd of cheering fans in the forecourt."
A report published in The Sydney Morning Herald titled 'Modi's surprise deal with Australia' talks how Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott revealed new India-Australia military agreement.
The newspaper goes on saying, 'Australia and India have entered a new era of security and military co-operation based on shared values and aimed at defending a rules-based international order. The Indian and Australian governments have now confirmed a Fairfax report this morning that Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott quietly signed a sensitive and potentially transformative new framework agreement.'
A video on The Daily Telegraph said, "India-Australia boost trade ties" after the two nations signed the several deals. The newspaper also carries an article titled "Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, jokes about Shane Warne in speech to Parliament".
The website says that Prime Minister Modi praised cricketing legends i.e. Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar, hailing from Australia and India respectively, in his speech. While making Shane Warne's mention Modi said, "We are impressed by Australian speed, and you're charmed by the Indian spin - until of course Shane Warne came along."The Australian also gave prominence to Modi's tour of Australia. The website published articles over India-Australia new security deal. The newspaper quotes Modi's message to the continent nation as saying, "Our destinies are interlinked" and "Australia a great democracy".
The website also contains a photo feature that says, "INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President XI Jinping receive rock-star welcomes around the nation."
A report published in The West Australian says, "India puts Aust at heart of growth plans".
India and Australia on Tuesday sought early conclusion of negotiations for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement and a closure on the civil nuclear deal as PM Modi and his counterpart Tony Abbott held talks in Canberra. After the two leaders held talks, India and Australia signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and Arts and Culture.