Senate debates

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Questions without Notice

Port of Darwin

2:45 pm

Photo of Marise PayneMarise Payne (NSW, Liberal Party, Minister for Defence) Share this | Hansard source

I can restate what I said, but I began by saying that, because it was the Northern Territory government's proposal, there was a number of discussions with the United States rotational liaison officer about the long-term lease of the commercial port of Darwin. I also referred to the public engagement on that matter, including public reporting in mainstream media and the NT News. I indicated that, because of the timing, the Secretary of Defence raised and briefed the US Deputy Secretary of Defense, Mr Bob Work, in Washington, face-to-face. I do not think there is anything to reconcile.


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