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Christmas, Cocos Islands under spotlight

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016

A parliamentary committee will look into whether Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands need a security boost.

The External Territories Committee has called for submissions on the future of the islands, including in terms of maritime surveillance, military contingencies and the changing regional security environment amid debate over the South China Sea.

"The territories straddle major shipping lines essential to Australia's trade and defence. It is time we re-examine the territories and their place in Australia's national security architecture," committee chair and former SAS commander Andrew Hastie said on Thursday.

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