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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5674

Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (20:49): The agreements we strike with a designated country capture the intent and the body of the obligations that Australia has under our international conventions. This is transferred through the body of the agreement with the designated country and carried forth in that way. The designated countries are not Australia and therefore the application of the Commonwealth Ombudsman does not apply. But it is through the mechanism of the agreement, which must as we know withstand the scrutiny of parliament, that we are able to be confident of those conditions and parameters under which those people go to those countries.