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intelligence committee holds the first public impeachment hearings. led by adam schiff will hear from three state department officials. then on friday on c-span 2, the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine will up your before the committee and ahead of the hearings read witness testimony from a deposition. find a transcript at next, some of the highlights from last month in the australian parliament where prime minister scott morrison and members of his cabinet face questions about syria, climate change, agricultural issues, and press freedom. this comes to us courtesy of sky news australia. ♪ i'm tom connell and
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welcome to another edition of question time as we look at what is been happening in estrone and parliament. the withdrawal of u.s. troops out of syria sparked alarm across the globe, including here in a stone. -- here in australia. they want to know what the government's plan is for isis. australians in the refugee camps in the north of syria. >> thank you, mr. president. my question is to the minister of foreign affairs. i'm deeply concerned about the turkish military operation targeting kurds in northern on turkey toled cease unilateral action. we have seen the operation is further destabilizing the region. we are seeing a humanitarian disaster in syria. talk about ther situation in northern syria and regards to what the estrone -- what actions the estrone government has taken? >> thank you very much, mr. president i think the senator for her question.
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later whente and the appropriate, 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. amongst other things, it will significantly undermine the gains made by the international coalition against daesh. be a seriouses to threat to peace and security. it would certainly cause additional civilian suffering. it will lead to greater population displacement and it will further inhibit the exit of international organizations to those are in need of international humanitarian support. the ministerdent, also asked in relation to
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australia's engagement, before the incursion commenced in a response to the announce was made by turkey, asia statement on october 8, by in parties to the conflict syria calling for all involved to avoid respiratory actions and opportunistic actions that would further instability and add to humanitarian suffering. i directed department of foreign affairs and trade to make use of planes -- the turkish ambassador in camera and in ankara. last week, the prime minister spoke to french president mac ron. spoken with the u.s. secretary of state pompeo to discuss the situation with turkey and in syria. yesterday, i spoke to my counterpart, the turkish foreign minister, in a wide-ranging television discussion, repeating australia's concerned, urging restraint and indicating a severe impact this would have on the regional security situation and the security situation more broadly. >> a supplementary question?
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the minister for her outline of what the government has done. whilst the military action has been launched by turkey, has been enabled by the decision of the trump administration to withdraw all u.s. forces from northern syria. i understand from her answer that representations have been made to the secretary of state, could the minister advise what representations were made to the u.s. about his decision to withdraw forces from northern syria? >> thank you very much, mr. president. i think it is very important to be clear about where responsibilities lies in relation to the impact of these military actions. turkey is responsible for the decisions it has made in conducting this incursion. turkey is totally accountable for the action of its military forces and the militia groups it is employing. they are responsible for the humanitarian suffering they are causing through their military operations, and they are
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accountable for the detention, custody, and escape of any da esh fighters. our discussions with united states concerned these issues and more, mr. president, but it is my habit, as you know it as the senate knows, to go into the contents of those private discussions. >> final supplementary question. >> reports indicate thousands of daesh or isis fighters -- >> order in the rear of th chambere. please start again. order at the rear chamber. [murmuring] senator wong. >> reports indicate that thousands of daesh or isis fighters are being held by kuridish fighters in northern syria. and the u.s. decision to withdraw from the region.
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myas i said in my remarks to response to senator wong's questions, we are very concerned about the impacts this military action by turkey will have on the campaign against daesh. we know we have received th territorial defeat ofe daesh. straleylso know in a and most particularly recognizes given the vulnerabilities in our own region that daesh is more than capable of the small bursts of large bursts and energy activity and continuing terrorist activity not just in the middle east but allied with other stream is organizations in our region and more broadly. so, any action that enables their activity, that enables that engagement is of concern to australia. >> australia did introduce specialist legislation about those people that had been fighting for isis overseas or any terror organization.
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and returning to us trillion. >-- to australia. >> thank you, mr. speaker. will the minister update the house on how the morrison government is managing the difficult issue of potentially returning foreign terrorist forces to australia, and is the minister aware of any of thes e policies? >> the minister for home affairs. >> thank you very much. a very important question because all of us want to make sure we keep australians safe and we know that since the talks of september 2014, when the national terrorism threat level was raised, there have been seven attacks targeting people in australia and 16 major counterterrorism disruptions. mr. speaker, i can inform the house that since 2004, around 230 australians have traveled to syria or iraq to fight with our
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support groups involved in the conflict. mr. speaker, the government has put forward to the parliament a number of bills designed to keep australian's safe and to keep these people from coming back to our country wherever that is possible because we know on all the advice available to us that many of these people can pose a very significant threat and we have seen very major disruptions acrosspean countries america, in southeast asia, and our own region where foreign fighters have returned back to their countries of origin and have caused significant loss of life and we don't want that in our country, mr. speaker. so we have done everything we can to keep australians safe, but the position of the labour party remains completely confused. it is clear from a train wreck interview on insiders on the weekend that senator -- the opposition minister for home
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affairs -- had absolutely no idea what she was proposing. and there has been media reports i thinkbour urging, other members on the front bench have distanced themselves from this senator, but the senator has by her own admission received advice from my department that people do pose a certain risk. that is, they are terrorists who pose a very definite risk if they return to our country, and if the senator is calling for them to come back to our country. now i think that reflects the view of the majority of the australian public, mr. speaker. the public supports this government. they did at the last election because they know national security is a significant issue. i know that only this government has the ability to keep australians safe. partyw from the labour they have given up on border protection. as relation national security, they have watered down every bill that has come before this parliament. se. mr. speaker, the
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nator's latest forays into the media on this topic just demonstrates the labour party has no idea what they are doing when it comes to national security. tom: there have been widespread protests around climate, not just around the world but particularly here in a strong. many of our capital cities seeing ongoing demonstrations. mps' are also wanted to know whether or not a stroll he will meet the paris commitments. >> the member for clark. my question is to the minister of energy and emissions reduction for the government isaims -- the par agreements. the truth is that the government is relying on accounting tricks. credits which most developed countries have agreed to reject. meanwhile the efficient government figures showed our emissions have reached record highs and continue to rise.
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fueling the climate emergency. the effects of which we are already seeing in our backyard with the fires. in other words, our planet is cooking while the government cooks the books. minister, why the denial, and when the government take real action to reduce emissions? >> the minister for energy. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the member first question and whilst some in this on symbolism, we are keen on real and meaningful action. that is why we have strong targets -- [people murmuring] those targets involve a 26 percent commission obligation reduction and a 50% reduction in our emissions per capita. % reduction in our emissions intensity across the whole economy, mr. speaker. we have an enviable track record on trackg and -- we're
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to overachieve, meet and beat our 2020 targets by 467 million -- 367 million pounds and are few countries that can boast that. and we believe credit should be where credit is due, because us trillion households and businesses have worked hard to overachieve to meet and beat those targets. now, mr. speaker, that millionevement of 367 tons is a 1.1 billion time turnaround on what we inherited from those opposite. we are also seeing record levels of investment in renewables. in fact, in calendar year 2018, and australia's capital was more than france and germany and the u.k. combined. combined. we have a clear plan to meet our 2030 targets. 3.5 billion dollar
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climate solution package which includes is the climate solutions and energy efficiency solutions including -- in the mariner's link tasmania. looking forward we are investing in technologies of the future and that includes our national strategy we have already million.$140 and that is conservative, $50 million to the energy supply project in the valley. a very important project for this crucial technology. in south wales alongside a range of other hydrogen projects, mr. speaker. all of this is focused our achieving our mission reduction obligations whilst we don't rash trash the economy. which is the policy of those in the last election. tom: the drought in australia one of the worst on record is leading mp's throughout the
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government. whether or not they are factoring in climate change on drought and australia's agricultural industry. >> th member from melbournee has the floor. >> my question is to the prime minister. the bureau of meteorology says -- the record drought and that the climate crisis is a significant factor. ingr government is leak pollution which is making global warming wars and threatening farmers and communities and the land even further. land ofalways been a droughts and flooding rains. why are you doing everything in your power to make these extreme events worse? youn't every ton of coal explored and -- burn send another farmer to the wall? murmuring] prime mr. morrison: i would refer him to the siege i gave in
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the united nations recently which set out clearly the actions that australian was australia was taken and our record in relation to renewable energy investments which per capita is the highest in any country in the world. the member from number shakes his head, mr. speaker. i simply said that australia's per capita. investment in renewable energy is the highest in the world today and h e circa said. now, mr. speaker if he is in denial of those facts, what i know is what i set out in that national statement at the united nations which said very clearly that we'll meet our 2020 targets. not only that, we will meet our 2030 commitments. the other factors will continue to that after 2030. and we agree that there is a need to take action on climate change. ort was an issue of debate
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division, i believe between the major parties at the last election. the issue that was that debate, the issue that was being contested was the scale and the level of targets that could be responsibly set for australia into the future and the impact that would have on the australian economy. at the election we were able to explain -- what the cost of those were, of our targets and how we will meet them. now, the labour party at the last election were unable to do that and they were unable to the costs-- out what would be and is was a key issue, mr. speaker. labour partyat the after the election cannot even settle a policy on climate change today. they cannot settle what their policy is. we've got 28% over here. 45% over here. >> resume your seat. the prime minister will resume his seat. the member from melbourne on a point of order. >> my question was about the
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government, not about others. must address the drought and climate crisis at some point. >> just before i call the prime minister, there is narrow escape in the question with respect to alternative policies. that in terms of what was in the question, it was 45 seconds worth there. a number ofe questions, number of statements and when, as i've said before, i people with questions but the long are they are the more scope there is for the answer. the prime minister. prime minister morrison: now i know that the labour party -- joining on this matter yesterday's talking about what you described is the climate emergency. in response to a climate emergency, the opposition is going to say that we will know sometimeresponse
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between october 2021 and march 2022 mr. speaker. and there was an interview today, obvious in first chance we have for the elective office octoberometime between 2021 and march 2022 as when, the window. time, theynt in will be worth it if the government -- he talks about that, says they will develop a comprehensive policy at that time. mr. speaker, i would like to know what their policy is. if it's such an emergency as they say, they should be able to say what the policy is. >> the prime minister's time has concluded. tom: it is not just drought affecting farmers, but security an increase in question. farmers questions asking if australia is doing enough to screen out swine flu. >> senator mcmahon. >> thank you, madam deputy president. my question is to the minister of agriculture. can the minister please tell us
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what other benefits to australian farmers and the wider community of having a strong -- security system. >> thank you very much, madam deputy's president. senator mcmahon as a vet for her question and i know she has a strong interest in border security systems. border secure the underpants six $2 billion over agriculture $49 billion of 40 mun agricultural export. the, when we get security breaches such as the carpet beetle, that will cost australia $1.47 billion or the dreaded foot and mouth disease which could devastate our livestock industry, for those of us that care about the profitability and resilience of
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rural australia and the national economy, having a robust 21st century bar security system is absolutely paramount. but it's not just protecting our agricultural industry. trillion of our environmental assets, our animals and human health. one in five jobs in australia are related to trade. tough bar- a security system protects us on the global stage. system is unique. and it underpins the value of so much of the product that we export to the world. we will not take a backward step when it comes to keeping our borders say from pest and disease whether it be the brown stink bug of last year. brown stink bug. the former stinkers last year that saw ships turned away to the outbreak of african swine fever that we have watched
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across europe and through southeast asia ending at the -- 650 kilometers from darwin. we will not take it back from a step in keeping our border secure. >> senator mcmahon, your first up. >> thank you. can the minister update the senate about how the coalition government's economic plan is helping to defend australia against african swine fever? >> minister? senator mcmahon. when you have a strong economic plan, you can do a whole lot of things. like to respond to risk to the economy which would be incurred. got african swine fever on shore. pigare protecting our 2700 produces, the 36,000 australians that work in the pork industry and making sure that this disease which kills 80% of the pigs from our shores.
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it means we have got the financial resources at your disposal, you can send -- to darwin to actually check the nine direct flights when you need to. you can actually ramp up inspections at the border, fromase -- parcels affected countries and through those measures we have been able to detect adnd stop over 27 tons of cooked pork from reaching our shores. it is that responsiveness that we need. >> thank you. can the minister advise the senate on risks to our strong bar security system? >> minister? >> thank you very much. senator mcmahon, yes, i can. talk about the risks. and the risks to our bar security system, our complacency. complacency from industry, complacency from importers,
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complacency from travelers and people that would think it' sok to bring that home cooks sausage into your son or daughter that may be starting at one of our great institutions. that you think it is ok that you want to purchase high-quality food in australia so you pack a porkase full of cooked products, maybe some squid and away you go. what we found in the weekend, yes squid. on the weekend a woman from vietnam arrived on our shores with 10 kilos material which was significant via security breach. she breached our legislation we have sent her back to vietnam. >> thank you, minister. tom: on the other side of skepticsthere are some of man-made climate change in the us trillion parliament. -- in the australian government. >> senator roberts? >> my question is for senator
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representing the prime minister. october 2019 the prime minister during an address to the lower institute highlighted international bureaucracies are pushing for a borderless global community that aims to damage our livelihood, their safety and are 70." 25 years ago, -- >> order. >> one of the dangers of unelected international bureaucracies and is rebuilding the federation and specifically named the united nations. 23 years ago, an mp called out the u.n.'s 1992 rio declaration agenda 21. expect the australian government to remove us from the following damaging treaties, protocols and declarations? the u.n.'s 1975 lima declaration, the u.n.'s, 1992 ri o declaration for global 996ernment, the u.n.'s 1 kyoto agreement and the u.n.'s,
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2015 paris agreement? >> the minister representative prime minister. >> thank you very much, mr. president. let me just say that right up housesi was at the lower speech to the prime minister. it was a great speech. . would advise australia at the 13th largest economy with the international responsibility and then to express the view of when it comes to what we op we have expressed the view that are some improvements that could and should be made. 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 seriously. >> 25 years ago one of the
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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. but i appreciate the comments that phillips rubber has
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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 than what was unaccountable.
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>> 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. whether they are politicians or journalists. and no one in this country
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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. >> the government believes absolutely and we have taken
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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 highlighted the promise to we harm the resources.
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>> 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. >> and.
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>> 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 in a constructive way.
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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 that any veteran can wear a pin.
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>> 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. and to recognize those who brought the ultimate service to our country. and throughout australia we
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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 services we can provide to veterans and families
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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. >> that's another edition of question time looking at
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>> this veteran day monday on c-span, at 11:00 a.m. eastern, live coverage of the laying of the wreaths at the tomb of the unknown from arlington national cemetery. the 1980 nine nbc news broadcast on the fall of the berlin wall, and a 10:30, veterans talk about complexities of war. veteranspan on tv on day, online at or listen using our free radio app. >> to foreign investors join the discussion on the put go that -- situation in venezuela. the council of foreign relations hosted the hour-long event which security, u.s.l foreign see paul -- the council on foreign relations hosted the hour-long event, which covered regional security. venezuela's oil reserves, u.s. policy options, and iran's influence in the country.


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