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Wednesday, 24 March 1999
Page: 4349

Mr Latham asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 17 February 1999:

On what dates, in what places, in what circumstances and with what outcomes have the boundaries of the territorial sea and seabed between Australia and its northern neighbours been discussed by Australian Ministers or officials with foreign authorities who accepted or claimed responsibility for parts of the sea and seabed.

Mr Downer (Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Discussions between Australian Ministers or officials and authorities of Australia's "northern neighbours", which the Honourable Member is taken to refer to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and France (in respect of New Caledonia), on delimiting territorial seas and other maritime boundaries have taken place since the 1960s. The outcome of these discussions has been a number of treaties the texts of which are available through the Treaties page on the Department's web site (