Senate debates

Tuesday, 26 November 2019


Customs Amendment (Growing Australian Export Opportunities Across the Asia-Pacific) Bill 2019, Customs Tariff Amendment (Growing Australian Export Opportunities Across the Asia-Pacific) Bill 2019; In Committee

12:52 pm

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

Obviously, I made a number of commitments to the opposition as part of negotiations on this matter, and I thank the opposition for their constructive engagement on the matter. The letter that I wrote to my shadow counterpart, Ms Madeleine King, has been published. I understand a copy of that letter has been shared with the Indonesian system so that they're aware of that. I have also referenced in at least one of my recent bilateral meetings with the Indonesian counterparts that the discussions with the opposition had been constructive in general terms and I acknowledged that there were some conditions that we agreed to. As I said, no concerns have been raised from Indonesia in relation to them. Specifically in relation to article 12.9, regardless of the view of the other party, whether us or Indonesia, neither party can activate that review under that article without the consent and agreement of the other party, so in a sense it can be a sovereign determination of either party to simply not have a review, and that's a determination that our government has made.


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