Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Questions without Notice
Thank you, Senator Patrick. Obviously, I am not in a position to come in here and advise you of policy of which I am unaware. But one thing I absolutely can tell you, Senator Patrick, is that the Australian government has backed and will continue to back our exporters. For instance, the government has a track record of standing up for our wine exporters. We took Canada to the World Trade Organization. Canada agreed, back in July this year, to remove its tax and sales restrictions discriminating against Australian wine, following Australia's initiation of a World Trade Organization dispute. It is an example where we have demonstrated our willingness to back our exporters, and our wine exporters particularly. We will make sure in this particular instance that we work through all options to make sure that we can push back against this antidumping claim made by China, so that our exporters are not unfairly dealt with.