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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26384


Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (5:30 PM) —I do not recall the detail of that recommendation. But if Senator Nettle is assuring me that it is in the same terms as the one in this agreement, which I presume is correct—I am sure that she would not seek to mislead me—it might not be the total answer but in part at least the answer is the very significant benefits that we get under this free trade agreement in terms of growing the Australian economy and providing jobs. Then we looked at specific requests from the party—and this, I am told, was the specific request from the US side—we assessed if there was any downside to that request and we assessed that there was not.