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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Page: 69


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:55): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The Australian government is committed to working with both the Vietnamese government and the human rights community to improve human rights in Vietnam, including through regular representations and the annual Australia-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue. Australia regularly discusses with Vietnam restrictions on civil and political rights, including freedom of expression, association and assembly. Australia and Vietnam will formally discuss human rights issues at the next human rights dialogue in August.