Senate debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Questions without Notice

International Students

2:23 pm

Photo of Murray WattMurray Watt (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | Hansard source

Yes, I can, Senator Bilyk. As you would be aware, our government takes the relationship between Australia and India very seriously and that is a strong and important relationship for our future. I know that's certainly the case in my own portfolio of agriculture. The recently signed free trade agreement with India opens lots of new markets for agricultural producers in India, but I think that education is also a big part of the reason why this relationship is continuing to grow.

The Prime Minister's announcement overnight that Deakin University will be the first overseas university approved to build a campus in India is proof of the strength of our relationship, and I'm sure all Victorian senators, in particular, are very proud of that.


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