The Kirribilli Agreement
While still in opposition, John Howard reached a similar agreement in December 1994 with Peter Costello, as evidenced by Liberal MP Ian McLachlan. McLachlan said Howard agreed, when Alexander Downer resigned and Howard became leader after 1996 and then premier, that he would pass the leadership to Costello after a term and a half.  Howard indicated that the meeting took place, but no specific agreement was reached.  After becoming prime minister, approaching his 64th birthday and after two and a half terms in 2003, Howard reaffirmed his intention to remain leader. Costello made several public statements that did little to hide his illness from the decision.  PRIME MINISTER: We respect each other`s sovereignty, to define this policy in our own countries and to respect the commitments we have made. We are both signatories to the Paris Agreement, we have made both commitments under that agreement, and we both intend to implement and defeat them, I am sure that, as we did around the Kyoto agreement, and this is how we share international participation in these objectives, but Prime Minister Ardern is right to bring us together, Much of our discussion on these issues focuses on the region where we have a special responsibility vis-à-vis our Whanau. to our Vuvale and throughout the Pacific region. In recent years, participation, and in particular Australia, has invested about $300 million in supporting climate resilience across the Pacific, and at the recent Iceland Pacific Forum, Australia pledged an additional $500 million for these projects.
We look forward to continued cooperation with New Zealand, where they are also supporting such projects throughout the region. The term was first used to describe an agreement reached in November 1988 between Premier Bob Hawke and his treasurer Paul Keating, concluded at Kirribilli House. Hawke agreed that he would resign in favor of Keating on an unspecified date after the 1990 election, but before the election that followed. At Keating`s request, this undertaking was attested by Bill Kelty, Secretary of CUTA, and businessman Sir Peter Abeles; Both were friends of Hawke and Keating. After winning a fourth term in March 1990, Hawke broke the deal in January 1991 after a “treacherous” speech by Keating, Placido Domingo`s speech, delivered in December 1990 to the National Press Club, which lowered Hawke`s leadership.  Keating resigned as treasurer in June 1991 and challenged Hawke for the post of prime minister. Although this initial challenge failed, he challenged Hawke a second time in December 1991 and won. .