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Notice given 24 August 2001

3854  Senator Bourne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to paragraph 18 of the Ausmin Communique 2001, which reads, ‘In the spirit of further enhancing defence cooperation, both sides emphasised their respective commitments to a binding bilateral export control agreement that would furnish Australia with an exemption from most United States munitions licensing requirements of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations’:

(1) Why is Australia seeking an exemption from the requirements of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

(2) If Australia is seeking an exemption from most United States munitions licensing requirements of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, then why would Australia not be seeking a blanket exemption.

(3) What are the requirements to which Australia is seeking an exemption, and what are those requirements to which Australia will remain bound.

(4) From what source does Australia receive its ammunition.

(5) Is the Government of the view that Australia is in receipt of too much ammunition, and is it therefore seeking the exemption on these grounds.

(6) Is Australia intending to on-sell ammunitions materiel.