Senate debates

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions without Notice

Trade

2:54 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Trade) Share this | Hansard source

First and foremost, the Prime Minister worked hard with colleagues, and particularly with the support and on behalf of the government of New Zealand, to make sure that the G20 commitment to global action on preventing terrorist and violent extremist content online was delivered, with a clear message sent to internet companies to lift their efforts to ensure their platforms are not exploited and to make sure there is tough action taken, as we have done in our domestic laws in Australia, to ensure that Australians and those around the world are protected from viewing and seeing the types of horrific events that occurred in Christchurch.

But we also saw, in relation to the trade front, strong work in relation to the Osaka track, launched by Japan, which complements the e-commerce negotiations we are pursuing and leading, through the World Trade Organization, to modernise trade rules to ensure they reflect modern training arrangements as well as direct pursuit of trade negotiations with the European Union, with our ASEAN counterparts and with our other major trading partner. (Time expired)

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