Australia signed an Extradition Treaty with China in September 2007. The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties recommended in December 2016 the Government ratify the Treaty.

The Leader of the Opposition has now advised the Prime Minister that the Opposition will not support the ratification of the Treaty at this time.

Under these circumstances, and given the importance of this Treaty to Australia's national interest, rather than have the ratification defeated in the Senate we will repeal the ratification instrument and continue our discussions with the Opposition.

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