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Question: Mekong River

Senator Rhiannon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 21 July 2011:

In regard to Lao People ' s Democratic Republic ' s (Laos ' ) proposed Xayaburi Dam on the mainstream of the Mekong River, Australia ' s support to the Mekong River Commission (MRC), and Australia ' s bilateral aid to Mekong countries bordering the Mekong River:

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Estimates: Trade

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Estimates hearings, 16 February 2012

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • Mr Bruce Gosper, Deputy Secretary
  • Ms Jennifer Rawson, First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Division
  • Mr Angus Armour, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation 
  • Mr Jan Parsons, Director, Environmental and Technical Review, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation


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Birds of summer from Coogee to Laos

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

Wherever I go, so do my bird watching interests. I have even started compiling a bird list for the parliamentary precinct: so far variety has been low. But what I miss out in terms of diversity the magpies make up for with their antics.

This summer I had what I think will be an all time bird watching highlight for me. I was swimming at Wylies Baths, a stunning rockpool at Coogee, when a small pied cormorant landed about three metres from me.

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ANZ in Laos: banking on poverty

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

If you think ANZ is not too good on customer service and could improve its operations it is be worth your time to check out what this bank is up to far beyond Australian shores.

I have just returned from two days visiting the site of the Theun-Hinboun Dam Expansion Project in central Laos where ANZ is one of the three main financiers. From what I saw this international bank has no sense of corporate social responsibility.

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Mekong dams - generating controversy

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

I'm in Laos looking at dam construction plans on the Mekong and its tributaries. With Australian foreign aid money and Australian companies involved this is an issue that warrants more attention from our government and media.

Laos has been promised billions of dollars in foreign currency earnings from the sale of energy from a string of dams funded by overseas aid and private investment.

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