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Joe Biden, US vice-president, to visit Australia and New Zealand

The US vice-president, Joe Biden, will visit Australia to highlight ties with the US on cancer research and aerospace.

Victoria’s acting premier, James Merlino, said Biden would see the new Victorian comprehensive cancer centre during his three-day visit to the state.

Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer last year at the age of 46.

He will arrive on Saturday, and will also tour the Boeing factory to see the making of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

“Victoria and the United States collaborate strongly across aerospace, medical research and information technology and this visit will help strengthen those ties for the years ahead,” Merlino said on Wednesday.

It is believed the vice-president will attend the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and Carlton at the MCG on Sunday.

Biden is due to meet the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in Sydney on Monday, before delivering a speech on the future of the relationship between the two countries.

Biden will then go to New Zealand, becoming the first US vice-president to visit the country since the early 1970s.

Its prime minister, John Key, said New Zealand’s relationship with the US continued to go from strength to strength, as indicated by Biden finding time to visit.