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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (staff numbers)

Lee questions the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on staffing numbers at the Office of Development Effectiveness and the innovationXchange in DFAT.

Senator RHIANNON: ...I want to move on to some general aid questions. How many full-time equivalent staff currently work in the innovationXchange branch?

Mr McDonald: I think it is 10-

Senator RHIANNON: Ten?

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank)

Lee probes the representative from Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Mr Fletcher, on the details of Australia's involvement with China in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. 

Senator RHIANNON: I would like to move on to some questions about China. I understand that Australia is currently working with China on an antimalarial project in Papua New Guinea. Is Australia planning to work with China on other development projects in the Asia-Pacific region?

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Australia-Indonesia education partnership)

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you. I would like to move on to Indonesia. The web page for the Australia-Indonesia education partnership notes $524 million in funding for this program is under revision following consultation with partners. What is the status of these consultations and will funding for this program be reduced?

Mr Cox: Could you repeat the name of the program that you are referring to?

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Speech: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Lee speaks on Palestine following her attendance at an event on the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (23:33):
On 29 November it was the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I was fortunate to join the Australian Palestinian Professionals Association, the Palestine Support Network Australia and the ambassador of the State of Palestine, His Excellency Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi, at a celebration in Sydney.

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