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25 June 2016

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No chance at all, Paul, I would suggest. Thanks for your excellent summary. However, I would think that only an absolute disaster across the Torres Strait into Australia, like the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, a flood of refugees, illegal drug smuggling and so on, would prompt the Australian government to do anything more than what it is doing now.

I have received the following answer to my query about what response the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had to this Report?

'The below statement may be attributed to a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:'

“The department welcomes public scrutiny of the Australian aid program and thanks the Committee for its work. We are considering the report's recommendations closely and will provide a detailed response in due course.”

Since the Report has taken the best part of a year to produce, perhaps we better be careful about how long we should expect hold our collective breath before launching a query about our queries.

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