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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 340

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:25): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: In line with the government's long-standing view, motions that cannot be debated or amended should not deal with complex foreign policy matters. The Australia-US alliance is based on enduring national strategic and economic interests and very close people-to-people ties spanning business, culture, tourism, trade and education. The United States is Australia's most significant trade and investment partner and an important guarantor of the rules based order, providing the security and stability that has allowed our region to prosper. Australia has a strong and productive relationship with the US and looks forward to continuing to build on that with the new US administration. The Leader of the Greens should not be playing political games on important issues of national security.