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Thursday, 27 June 2013
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Sri Lanka: Navy Training

(Question No. 1520)

Mr Fletcher asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, in writing, on 27 May 2013:

(a) What training will be provided to the Sri Lanka Navy in respect of Australia's commitment to providing surveillance equipment and training, as well as sharing intelligence on people smuggling networks, and

(b) What procedures are in place as part of this commitment to ensure that the Sri Lanka Armed Forces act lawfully and within the rules of international law.

Mr Marles: On behalf of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) and (b) Australia cooperates with the Sri Lankan Navy to combat maritime people smuggling to Australia. Australia ensures that all training and assistance provided to the Sri Lankan Navy is carried out in compliance with relevant international law.