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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio: Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Efic

Senator RHIANNON: In explaining how Efic works and what it can do, you used the phrase, 'It's when banks don't have the appetite.' You also said something about it not appealing to the banks. You've described it that way, but is another way of describing it when banks judge that it's so risky that their profits might be at risk so that's why they don't do it?

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Western Sahara

Senator RHIANNON: I want to move on to the Western Sahara please. Has the government discussed with the Moroccan government at ministerial level and ambassadorial level the issue of human rights abuses in Western Sahara?

Mr Neuhaus : We can say that this hasn’t been raised at ministerial level, but we are in constant contact with the Moroccan government. In fact, I visited Morocco recently myself.

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Thursday, 1 March 2018

James Ricketson

Senator RHIANNON: Picking up on some of those issues, I was distracted when you spoke about the letter in a response to Senator Hinch. The information that I received, and you have just touched on this about the legal team, was that the letter contained the line:

We have no intention of interfering in James Ricketson's case. This is for him and his legal team.

Was that the wording in the letter?

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Ahed Tamimi

Senator RHIANNON: Has the Australian government made any contact with Israeli counterparts around the arrest and detention of Ahed Tamimi, who was detained on 19 December and continues to be held while she awaits trial?

Mr Neuhaus: Yes, we've had contact on that case.

Senator RHIANNON: What was the context for the contact, please?

Mr Neuhaus: I will go into more detail on that. It's been raised by our embassy in Israel.

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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee: Jobs and Innovation Portfolio: ANSTO and Office of Innovation & Science Australia

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Brewarrina radioactive waste facility

CHAIR: ... Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I want to ask some questions about the involvement of the Brewarrina Shire Council with regard to a possible national radioactive waste facility being located in that council area. Was Brewarrina council approached by ANSTO, or a representative on behalf of ANSTO, to initiate the nomination process for a national radioactive waste facility?

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Senate supports national homelessness action plan

Lee Rhiannon 22 Mar 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 22 March 2018

Senate supports national homelessness action plan

Today the Senate has supported a Greens/ALP motion calling on the government to implement a national homelessness action plan, and supporting the launch of the Everybody’s Home campaign.

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens spokesperson for Housing congratulated the 26 organisations who have formed the campaign.

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