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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 2621


Senator BOB CARR (New South WalesMinister for Foreign Affairs) (15:06): I seek leave to incorporate into Hansard an answer to a question taken on notice yesterday from Senator Ludlam in relation to the Australia-United States Status of Forces initiatives.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows—

Question

Will the Australia-United States Status of Forces Agreement require any re-negotiation as a result of the bilateral Force Posture Review initiatives?

Answer

The terms of the Agreement between the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Government of the United States of America concerning the Status of United States Forces in Australia, and Protocol, which entered into force on 9 May 1963, are applicable to the Force Posture Review initiatives announced on 16 November 2011 and are adequate to deal with these sorts of deployments.