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Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Page: 6907

Border Protection

Mr KEENAN (Stirling) (15:15): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to the member for Griffith's promise in 2009 to provide $2.8 million to 'establish a dedicated border protection committee of cabinet. This would drive the government's response to the people-smuggling threat.' Can the Prime Minister explain to the House why one of her first acts as Prime Minister was to eliminate the border protection committee of cabinet?

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The Prime Minister has been asked a question. The Prime Minister will now be heard in silence in response.

Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (15:16): I thank the shadow minister for his question. I determined that it would be best that these matters were dealt with directly by the National Security Committee of Cabinet and cabinet itself.