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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5648


Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (18:41): The government is absolutely confident that it can meet the obligations it has through agreement and, thereby, the designated country also meets those obligations. I mentioned before that the nature of the agreement between Australia and the designated country can take into account these matters. Once again, the minister can have regard to other issues, as it is stated in the legislation, not limited by the matters just listed by Senator Milne as far as the definition of the national interest is expressed. Again, to provide reassurance to senators that our obligations are fulfilled, we are confident that by agreement with designated countries those obligations will be fulfilled and, therefore, we believe her concern is unfounded.