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The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (and future Minister for Home Affairs) along with the Acting Commissioner of the ABF used their opening addresses at the DIBP Industry Summit this morning (31 July 2017) to address the ongoing role of the DIBP and ABF in facilitating the legitimate trade in goods and movement of people.

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MELBOURNE, 20 July 2017: A leading trade expert has warned Australia’s multi-billion dollar trade industry requires strong engagement and reassurance that trade policy will not slip off the national agenda following the announcement of a new national security-focused Home Affairs portfolio.

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Yesterday (18 July 2017) saw the announcement of the creation of a new 'Home Affairs' portfolio with responsibility for Australia’s immigration, border protection and domestic security agencies.

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Those involved in the international supply chain for the movement of goods are subject to extensive regulation by the border agencies. Economic issues outside the control of most parties can also have a significant impact as evidenced by the recent Hanjin insolvency and the cyberattacks on shipping lines which have also had an effect on the ability to secure services in the supply chain.

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