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Thursday, 21 November 2013
Page: 1040


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:00): I seek leave to make a short statement.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister is entitled to make a statement.

Mr ABBOTT: I think it would assist the House—

Mr Burke: Leave is granted. We were not given notice, but leave is granted.

Mr ABBOTT: I apologise. Madam Speaker, I thought it would assist if I were to inform the House and members opposite that this morning I received the letter from President Yudhoyono that he promised last night. I want to assure the House that the government will respond swiftly, fully and courteously to the president's letter. As always, my intention is to do everything I reasonably can to strengthen this relationship which is so important to both our countries. I want Australia to remain Indonesia's trusted partner now and in the future.