Monday, 11 September 2023
Questions without Notice
It's really disappointing to see a senior member of the opposition, the alternative government—in fact, the shadow minister for foreign affairs and former trade minister—speaking in those terms about our ally, or implying for partisan political purposes any issue with our ally. It says something about you and about the way in which you approach foreign policy in this place, Senator Birmingham.
But what I would say to you is this. You asked about 'the minister', I think, a couple of times in the question, one time referring to me and the other time I assume referring to Senator Husic. I assume 'the minister' you were referring to is Minister Husic, because you are quoting from the DISR FOI. So, I'll answer the question in two parts. First, in relation to the first part, the US was advised ahead of time, as was appropriate, and I can confirm that— (Time expired)