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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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