Senate debates

Monday, 11 September 2023

Questions without Notice

Space Industry

2:04 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

(—) (): Well, I'm asked a question about truthfulness by a former member of the Morrison cabinet. I'm asked a question about truthfulness in relation to discussions with allies. I might remember Senator Payne when she was dispatched along with the then defence minister who were not allowed to do anything other than, if not deliberately mislead, certainly mislead by omission, the government of France and their counterparts in France because of Mr Morrison's obsession with secrecy. What I would say to you is that we have, as you might recall from Senator Blinken's comments at AUSMIN, not only an historically deep and trusting relationship with the United States but, as a matter between principals, we work extremely closely together and we are good friends and we treat them accordingly. (Time expired)


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