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Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Page: 1726

Indonesia


Ms PLIBERSEK (SydneyDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:00): My question is to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, tomorrow it will be 100 days since it was announced that the government would sign a code of ethics agreement with Indonesia. Prime Minister, when will the code be signed?


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (15:00): As I think members all around this chamber would know, there has been a period of some difficulty in our relationship with Indonesia. I deeply regret that. I want to ensure members on both sides of this chamber that, as far as this government is concerned, we want the strongest possible relationship with Indonesia. We want the trusted partnership to be resumed at the earliest possible moment. The Minister for Foreign Affairs is in the closest possible contact with officials in Jakarta, and I am confident that the memorandum of understanding that the shadow member refers to will be signed as quickly as possible. Certainly there will not be delays on the part of this government.