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Labor presses govt on COAG meeting date

By AAP Newswire

Labor has criticised Scott Morrison for cancelling a planned meeting with state premiers in December.

But the government says the next meeting date for the Council of Australian Governments has not been formally set in the first place.

Drought, health funding and recycling are among the issues expected to be on the next COAG meeting's agenda.

Labor environment spokeswoman Terri Butler said the scrapping of a planned December meeting is a blow to the prime minister's "practical environmentalism" policy he had spruiked at the United Nations.

The coalition says the prime minister and premiers meet formally at COAG when needed, but discussions between their tiers of government take place daily.

Federal ministers have also been busy meeting with their state and territory counterparts in recent months.

"We're not in the business of having meetings for meetings' sake," a government spokesman said in a statement.