Thursday, 3 December 2020
Australia's Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020, Australia's Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020; In Committee
Senator, thank you for your question. I'm not going to speculate, as I have not through this entire debate, on specific examples of particular cases, because that is the purpose of the stocktake. But we are working closely with the states and territories, including the Northern Territory—who were part of the consultations that I outlined in detail to the chamber yesterday—in relation to these matters. Once the bill sets out the requirements that the states and territories are required to respond to in the stocktake process and the task force is working with those state and territory agencies, then I would hope and expect that states and territories would work constructively with the Commonwealth to address these issues.