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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26386


Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (5:50 PM) —I do not think that I can, and I really do not think this is the time to try to reconstruct the negotiating process. This was a position put to our negotiators by US negotiators. I think it is reasonable to assume that the relevant constituencies within each country are communicating with the administrations in each country. Even if I knew the answer, I do not think this is the place to canvass who said what to whom and when.