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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Trade Portfolio (Trade Programs)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I would like to ask questions about the Boikarabelo coalmine and railway in Limpopo province, South Africa, that I understand Efic is considering funding. Is the environmental and social impact assessment of the project of a standard that would be acceptable in Australia?

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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I have questions about Australia's work to open up the kangaroo market around the world. What department funding has been allocated to grow and promote the market overseas?

Mr Hackett: I would like to say that I have expertise such as it is in opening up the market for California but no broader than that.

Senator RHIANNON: I too have questions about California but also for other countries. Maybe your colleague can help.

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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (Non-Trade Programs)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I would like to pick up on PNG questions that I was asking earlier.

Mr McDonald: That would be Mr Sloper.

Senator RHIANNON: What safeguards have been put in place to ensure that the Australian government is not complicit, through its involvement in organising APEC 2018, in illegal land grabs, forced displacement and other forms of human rights abuses?

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (International security, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I would now like to move on to the United Nations General Assembly resolution about nuclear disarmament negotiations. The question relates to resolution L.41, titled 'Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations', which I understand will be voted on between 26 October and 2 November. It currently has 39 sponsors but not Australia. How does Australia intend to vote on this draft resolution?

Ms Adamson: I will ask Mr Richard Sadleir to answer that question.

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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (South and West Asia)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I want to ask about the situation with Kashmir, please. Have the Australian high commissions in India and Pakistan provided an update on the current situation with regard to Pakistan, and what communications has the minister and the department had with the Indian government and the Pakistan government about this issue?

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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (Non-Trade Programs)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: The Australian government is committed to being at the forefront of efforts to empower women and girls and to promote gender equality, particularly in our region, and I know that this is an interest of the minister. One of the 10 performance targets for Australia's aid program is to ensure that more than 80 per cent of investments, regardless of their objectives, will effectively address gender issues. What is the percentage of overseas development investments that address gender issues?

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Senate Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio (Exports Division)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

CHAIR: We will now move on to the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, or ESCAS.

Senator RHIANNON: The 2014 review of ESCAS found that nearly 13,000 animals had been transported outside approved channels between 2012 and 2014. Can you inform us how many animals have been known to move outside ESCAS since 2014?

Dr Clegg: I do not have that information with me, but I can provide it to you after this.

Senator RHIANNON: You will take that on notice?

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Senate Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee: Attorney-General's Portfolio (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: Attorney-General, in May this year at the Senate estimates you said that the 2014 decision to abolish the OAIC was 'a good economy measure—and we have not changed our minds'. In what way, and to what extent, was it a good economy measure?

Senator Brandis: Well, we have changed our minds since, and I am pleased we have.

Senator RHIANNON: Sorry, could you repeat that.

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