Senate debates

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Questions without Notice

National Security

2:43 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Vice-President of the Executive Council) Share this | Hansard source

Australia, clearly, has a very important bilateral relationship with China. We have a very important trade and economic relationship with China. Foreign investment, including from China, is welcome and essential to support Australia's economic growth. Foreign investment proposals are, as Senator Bernardi would be aware, reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they are not contrary to Australia's national interest. The Foreign Investment Review Board considers all investment proposals that involve a state owned enterprise from any country overseas. The Critical Infrastructure Centre has also been established to provide advice to safeguard our key assets, and that is, of course, now in effect.


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