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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Page: 5619

Mr McMULLAN (Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance) (10:17 AM) —I do not have any direct evidence of that, but I cannot say it is not true. I assume you are not saying that therefore the passports are not valid in those countries; it is simply that those facilities operate manually rather than electronically. I would not be surprised if that were the case because not all countries have sophisticated technology to handle Australia’s high-quality, sophisticated passports. I assume you are not saying they are not recognised; it is just that they operate manually in those places rather than electronically. Thinking of some of the airports I have been through—and I am sure you have been through them too—I am sure that is almost certainly true. I do not have any direct evidence to say, ‘Yes, I know in country X this is the case.’