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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 6291


Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South Wales) (10:34): One of the things that obviously has been a feature of discussions in the Pacific is very much the concept of 'talanoa'—the sitting down, the understanding and the talking through. That has really been the spirit with which this agreement has been under consideration and under discussion. Perhaps at times there have been issues pertinent to whether this is in the public interest of a particular country. Can you elaborate on the ability of Pacific island nations to regulate and to ensure that what they are doing is in the public interest and to put those public interest issues to bed?