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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 26125


Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (12:37 PM) —Obviously we do not agree to it. This attempt to bring this all to an end in just four years, when the benefits would be flowing, would be obviously counterproductive. We want to see, over a period of time, Australia taking full advantage of the opportunities that are presented by this agreement. We recognise that will take time. We want to see the benefits grow and if in the future the opportunity is there to negotiate further extended access I would hope the government of the day would take that opportunity as well. This government has shown that when there is a chance to provide new markets for Australia it is prepared to enter difficult negotiations, and it has demonstrated it can achieve a very good outcome. The challenge now is for Australian industry to seize those opportunities and maximise the benefits that flow from them.