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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26435


Senator CHERRY (11:05 PM) —Again, I do find it passing strange that the US-Australia free trade agreement establishes the right of companies to sue governments but does not respect the right of individuals to have their judgments in this country enforced in other countries. It strikes me as a serious flaw in the free trade agreement that the government has let this fall through the cracks. I ask the minister again whether the government has raised with the United States the enactment of a reciprocal agreement on the Foreign Judgments Act and whether that will be raised as a matter of some priority to complete the circle of obligations under this agreement or whether we are simply going to allow judgments in this country not to be recognised in judgments of the United States.