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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5681


Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (21:29): I offer you the same answer I provided to Senator Milne: that these operational details are not known. They will be perhaps in some way subject to the agreements we strike with the designated countries, but I am not in a position to start foreshadowing such detail. I think it is well understood that these processes are yet to be undertaken. What we can commit to is reflecting both the spirit and the letter of the report prepared by the panel chaired by Angus Houston as we proceed to try to establish agreements with designated countries and, again, this will of course be subject to the scrutiny of parliament. Through you, Mr Chairman, as to this line of questioning, I understand completely the motivation but I am not going to be able to provide the detail that I think senators are now pursuing.