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hello, welcome to another edition of question time as we look at what is happening in the australian parliament. with u.s. troops out of syria sparking alarm across the globe including here in australia, we want to know what the government's plan is for the australians in refugee camps in the north of syria. >> thank you, mr. president. my question is for the minister of foreign affairs, senator kaine. the turkish military operation targeting kurds in northern syria and calling on turkey to cease action. we are saying the operation is further destabilizing the reason -- region and risks undermining progress against daesh. and tell uste us what actions the government has taken? >> thank you very much.
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thank you for your question. as the lady would appreciate, this is a very fast-evolving and very dangerous situation. both the prime minister and i have made it very clear in our statements that the turkish military action has grave consequences for regional security. things, it will significantly undermined the gains that have been made by the international coalition. and without question, daesh continues to be a serious threat despite itsn territorial defeat. it will certainly cause additional civilian suffering. it will mean population displacement and further inhibit thoseganizations of trying to do humanitarian support.
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we also asked in relation to australia's engagement. commenced and prior to the announcements made by turkey , we urged restraint by all parties due to the conflict in syria, calling for all involved to avoid opportunistic actions that would cause further instability and add to humanitarian suffering. department of foreign affairs and trade to make statements. last week, the prime minister president macron and mike pompeo to discuss the situation in turkey and syria. counterpart, the turkish foreign minister, in a detailed and wide ranging discussion repeating australia's concerns urging restraint and indicating the severe impact this would have on the regional
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security situation. minister for her outline of what the government has done. while the military action has been launched by turkey it was enabled by the decision of the trump administration to withdraw u.s. forces. we understand representations have been made to the secretary of state. what representations were made to the u.s. about the impact of the decision to withdraw forces from northern syria? >> i think it is very important to be clear about where responsibilities lie in relation to the impact of the military actions. turkey is responsible for the decision it has made in conducting this incursion. turkey is totally accountable for the actions of its military forces.
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they are responsible for the humanitarian suffering they are causing through their military operations. for the are accountable detention, custody, and escape of any daesh fighters. discussions with the u.s. concerned these issues and more. but it is not my habit, as you know, to go into the contents of those private discussions. reports indicate thousands of held or isis fighters are -- order. >> please start again. i lost track of the question. >> order. >> thank you, mr. president. reports indicate that thousands fighters aresis being held by kurdish forces in northern syria. what about the consequences for with the against daesh
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military action and the u.s. decision to withdraw from the region? one of myyne: responses was that we are very concerned about the impact of the military action. we have achieved a territorial defeat of daesh. , given thea vulnerability and our own region, daesh is more than bursts or large bursts of energy and activity. they continue violent extra missed activity -- extremist activity, not just in the middle east but more broadly. any action that enables their activity and enables that engagement is of concern. >> australia did introduce
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specialist legislation for those fighting for isis overseas or any terrorist organization. thank you, mr. speaker. the ministers for of foreign affairs. will the minister update the house on how the government is managing the difficult issue of potentially returning foreign terrorist fighters to australia? is the minister aware of any of the new policies? i thank the honorable member for his question. it is a very important question. all of us want to keep australians safe. since september of 2014 when the national terrorism threat level was raised, there have been seven attacks targeting people in australia and 16 major
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-- many haveism traveled to fight with or support groups involved in the conflict. has forwarded to parliament a number of bills designed to keep australians safe and keep these people from coming back to our country. all the advice available to us, many of these people can pose a very significant threat. we have seen a very major disruptions in european and ines across america southeast asia where foreign fighters have returned back to their country of origin and have caused significant loss of life. we don't want that in our country, mr. speaker. we have done every thing we can to keep australians safe. speaker, thatr.
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the opposition minister for home affairs had absolutely no idea what she was proposing. and there has been many reports about labor -- i think other members on the front bench have distanced themselves from senator kaine ely. but she has not taken the advice of my department that people pose a certain risk. they are terrorists that pose a risk if they return to our country. and if she is out there calling for them to come back to our country. then't think that reflects view of the majority of the australian public. the public support this government. they know national security is a significant issue. i know only this government has the ability to keep australians safe. we know they have given up on border protection.
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they have ordered down every bill that has come before this parliament. -- and the latest for ray into the media demonstrates a labour party has no idea what they are doing when it comes to national security. there have been widespread protests around climate particularly here in australia. many have seen ongoing demonstrations. mp's wanted to know whether or not australia will meet the kyoto and paris commitments. >> my question is to the minister for energy. reduction however that the government is relying on to artificially to those credits
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meanwhile to show the missions have record highs fueling the urgency so in other words while the government collects the books that was a denial and when will it take real action to reduce emissions clicks. >> as the minister for energy. >> thank you mister speaker. so with symbolism. and a bad obligation to see a 50 percent reduction at 65 percent reduction across
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the hall economy now we have the enviable track record and we are on track to hit the 2020 targets and we believe credit should be where credit is due because australia has hot help those businesses but those meet and greets. now that one.1 billion-ton turnaround is what we inherited. we also see record levels of investment in renewables but investment in australia's capital is more than france and germany and the uk combined.
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we have a clear plan to me that 2030 target fully funded climate solutions and energy efficiency and issues. so we are looking forward of the technologies of the future including the national hydrogen study with $140,000,000.40 been invested to the hydrogen energy supply project and then also the guest trial in new south wales. thank you mister speaker on achieving mission reduction obligations but this is the policy.
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>> and the drought is one of the worst on record that they are not factoring in climate change with drought. >> and then to the prime minister but of anything ever record drought but your government is leaking pollution which threatens farmers and communities on the land so are you doing everything in your power to make these extreme events work thank you mister speaker and
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with that speech that i gave to the united nations of the national statement for australia that said very clearly that the record in particular with the renewable energy investments is the highest of the world today. i simply said with the renewable energy is the highest in the world today. so but what i know is that the united nations and to reach those 2020 targets. and not only that with the 2030 commitments and the other factors that will contribute to that. and we agree.
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that is not an issue of debate or division. the issue is the level of targets that has on the australian economy. so now we know very clearly about the cost of those and how we go about to meet them. so then what is the cost to join cracks and now the labour party cannot even settle the policy and climate change today.
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we have 20 percent over here and 45 percent over here. >> we need a point of order. >> this does not address the drought and the climate crisis. >> just before i call the prime minister there is a narrow escape in the question with respect to opportunity policies but in terms of what it was the question it was 45 seconds and there are a number of questions and statements and as i have said before the longer they are the more there is to answer. >> and now i'm sure the greens would agree to talk about what we described as a climate
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emergency. and they said they will have this response between octobe october 2021. obviously the first chance that we had between october 21 and march 2022. we have not even talked about that. or the policies at the time. than they should be able to say what the policy is. >> it isn't just that bio security to find out if australia was doing enough.
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>> thank you madam deputy president. >> to the minister of agriculture mackenzie can you please tell us what are the benefits to australian farmers clicks. >> thank you very much madame deputy president thank you for your question with a strong interest in border security. and with that agricultural production and $49 billion of exports each contributed someone may get by those security breaches to cost australia $1 billion per year or that which could devastate
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the livestock industry for those that care about the national economy it is absolutely paramount not just protecting the $6 trillion worth of environmental assets and then to be related through trade and that security system protects that reputation it is iconic and unique looks at the value that we take to keep the border safe and then from last year and the things that i did not know 140 days ago and that
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full incursion last year to the outbreak that we watch across europe and southeast asia and then not to take that back. >> can you update the senate of the coalition government has a plan with australia against african swine fever quick. >> thank you senator. when you have a strong economic plan you can do those things like to reach to the economy which would be incurred with african swine fever taking out 2000 producers and 36000 that work in the pork industry.
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in this that kills 80 percent from our shores some of those financial resources at your disposal you can actually look at the expections at the border and then look at over 27 tons from reaching our shore and that's the response that we nee need. >> so the minister advises the senate with risks to the security system. >> thank you very much. and the reach to our security
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system complacency from industry and complacency to say it is okay for center daughter studying at one of the great institutions. so what we found from vietnam on our shores the significant breach with the legislation and we have sent her back to vietna vietnam. >> on the other side of climate in the australian
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parliament i thank you mister president the prime minister said that unelected international bureaucracies are pushing the global community was safety and sovereignty 25 years ago called it one of the dangers of international bureaucracies and specifically named the united nations. twenty-three years ago to call out the 1992 agenda 21 when can we expect the australian government to remove us from the following damaging treaties and protocols and declaration cracks the 1982 b
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declaration for 21st century government and the kyoto agreement and the paris agreement. >> thank you very much mister president and i would advise them to read that but australia at the 13th largest economy with the international responsibility and then to express the view of when it comes to what we operate in and then we have expressed the view as there are some improvements that should be made and in that
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appropriate form. so you also mentioned with the formal legislative permit which of course it did things for australia so i am pleased for over the years but i would encourage everyone to raise precisely what the prime minister said. there is a lot of talking going on especially by the labour party. but we are absolutely committed to do the right thing internationally and take those responsibilities very
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seriously. >> 25 years ago one of the dangers of international bureaucracies to cities international agreements are made by people outside of australia by officials of other countries to take part in the negotiations it does not exert foreign influence the countries do so why has government ignore this advice? >> thank you very much. >> order. >> when i once served. >> and doing the outstanding job and i represent the prime minister in this chamber.
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but i appreciate the comments that phillips rubber has provided. and it is a national responsibility and then to start the national interest and of course we are represented with distinction and so now we are represented. >> order. >> and those that did not have the courage to name the united nations so when can we rather
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than what was unaccountable. >> thank you very much as we are leaving the united nations and any organization so i do think it's quite appropriate for that policy speech from the nationalist point of view with that prime minister speech. >> and that second fortnite of the widespread campaigns of the disparate group about
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whether or not the government is truly committed with the raid on journalist earlier this year. >> my question is whether prime minister. >> and then to rule out prosecuting journalist and the news corp. journalists. and it is not a crime. >> it is not a crime.
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whether they are politicians or journalists. and no one in this country above all and then to be prosecuted. and then all the members. >> and then to be prosecuted at the end of the day. >> this is the proper investment and the law enforcement agencies. >> 80 paz for a second things are getting far too lively i cannot hear the prime minister. and then we will take the required action.
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>> the government believes absolutely and we have taken into our laws to ensure the journalist and that applied around the country because i remember they sought to gag the brits in this country with their media reforms and that public interest media mister speaker. >> this is in stark contrast to provide with other law
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enforcement agencies. and also the commissioner that i will tell you what. if it comes to a physician in this country was prosecuted and who is not prosecuted and that is a required legislation to arbitrarily decide who gets prosecuted and who doesn't live that is a country i think the australians would want to live in. >> but recently the book
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highlighted the promise to we harm the resources. >> also these revelations it is a safe bed elsewhere but animal cruelty is rampant in australia greyhound and horse racing and in the industrial production of food and textiles. 's obviously they cannot be trusted to regulate animal welfare. prime minister we acknowledge the animal welfare in this country with the national independent office for animal welfare.
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>> and. >> antique concerned with the images and i found them very concerning. and those across the world district and to manage those issues in the best possible way of course to consider all of those options. >>. >>. >> can we say we are working
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in a constructive way. and this is as we possibly can. and then to continue on and can i just cautioned the member that this is something that is quite traumatic to me. and with the morals of their culture and for them to live up to their responsibility and we certainly need the bureaucracy to do their jobs. >> is veterans day approaches the government has made a new promise with more recognition
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that any veteran can wear a pin. >> and then on november 11th australia will remember veterans day for what this government is doing to recognize our veterans and throughout the year. >> thank you. and then to understand and then from time to time for those that have served in uniform and forward to the surface of the nation.
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and to recognize those who brought the ultimate service to our country. and throughout australia we stop and pause and remember and reflect on the service. but me give thanks and we have a lot to be thankful for. >> and many thousands more. and to all those that supported and overwhelmingly to be support with the
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services we can provide to veterans and families throughout the nation. and with the deployment and then to live up with the support of veterans so we encourage the australian nation for those who have gone forth. and then we encourage each and every one of us and those who continue to serve today. thank you for your service.
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investing additional resources into artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. fbi director christopher wray was on capitol hill with intel officials to testify on security threats facing the u.s.. senators asked about counterterrorism efforts, stopping foreign influence in elections, and cybersecurity measures. this senate homeland security hearing is two hours 15 minutes. >> good afternoon. this hearing will come to order. i want to thank our witnesses for your service to our country.


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