Senate debates

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Saudi Arabia: Human Rights; Order for the Production of Documents

5:28 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

The government reiterates its public interest immunity claim for the documents relating to military exports, as set out in the letter from the Minister for Defence to the President of the Senate dated Senate 7 May 2017. This claim is on the basis of commercial confidentiality, Australia's relations with foreign governments and national security. The Minister for Defence Industry has advised that he will not provide a copy of his itinerary as he is a member of the House of Representatives and is thus not bound by the Senate. In any case, the Minister for Defence currently has leave from the Senate as she is overseas on ministerial business and will not be in Australia at 6 pm on Wednesday, 10 May 2017.


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