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Appendix 6

Inquiries by parliamentary committees

During the review period, the department provided submissions and/or gave evidence to the following parliamentary committees.

Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • Supplementary Estimates 2009–10, hearing attended on 22 October 2009
  • Additional Estimates 2009–10, hearing attended on 11 February 2010
  • Budget Estimates 2010–11, hearings attended on 2 and 3 June 2010
  • Inquiry into matters relating to the Torres Strait Region, submission made in October 2009, hearings attended 18 December 2009 and 18 June 2010

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • Inquiry into Human Rights Mechanisms and the Asia Pacific, hearing attended on 13 August 2009
  • Inquiry into Australia’s Trade and Investment Relations with Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, submission made in November 2009, hearing attended on 25 November 2009
  • Inquiry into Australia’s Relationship with the countries of Africa, submission made in March 2010, hearing attended on 20 April 2010

Standing Committee on Public Works

  • Inquiry into Midlife Engineering Services Refurbishment of the Australian Embassy, Paris, submission made in September 2009, hearing attended on 26 October 2009

Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee

  • Inquiry into the Welfare of International Students, submission made in September 2009, hearing attended on 18 September 2009

Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

  • Inquiry into the possible impacts and consequences for public health, trade and agriculture of the Government’s decision to relax import restrictions on beef, submission made in November 2009 and hearings attended on 14 December 2009, 5 February 2010, 22 February 2010, 25 February 2010 and 14 May 2010

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Departmental officers appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in respect of proposed treaty actions.

The department appeared on 17 August 2009 in respect of:

  • Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel

The department appeared on the 7 September 2009 in respect of:

  • Proposed Amendment of the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund to Enhance Voice and Participation in the International Monetary Fund—adopted by the IMF Board of Governors on 28 April 2008
  • Proposed Amendment of the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund to Expand the Investment Authority of the International Monetary Fund—adopted by the IMF Board of Governors on 5 May 2008
  • Proposed Amendment of the Articles of Agreement of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to Enhance Voice and Participation in the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development—adopted by the IBRD Board of Governors on 30 January 2009
  • Convention between Australia and New Zealand for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income and Fringe Benefits and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion

The department appeared on the 14 September 2009 in respect of:

  • Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Jersey for the Allocation of Taxing Rights with respect to Certain Income of Individuals and to Establish a Mutual Agreement Procedure in respect to Transfer Pricing Adjustments
  • Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Jersey for the Exchange of Information with Respect to Taxes
  • Second Protocol Amending the Agreement between Australia and the Kingdom of Belgium for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income

The department appeared on 1 February 2010 in respect of:

  • Agreement between Australia and the Republic of Lebanon regarding Cooperation on Protecting the Welfare of Children

The department appeared on 22 February 2010 in respect of:

  • Measure 16 (2009) Amendment of Annex II to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty
  • Extradition Treaty between Australia and the Republic of India
  • Treaty between Australia and the Republic of India on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

The department appeared on 15 March 2010 in respect of:

  • Agreement on Cooperative Enforcement of Fisheries Laws between Australia and France in the Maritime Areas Adjacent to the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Heard Island and the McDonald Islands

The department appeared on 10 May 2010 in respect of:

  • Czech Republic on social security and agreement with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on social security
  • Exchange of letters amending the agreement with New Zealand concerning a joint food standards system

Briefings provided to parliamentary committees

The department provided briefings to the following committees:

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

  • Burma on 25 February 2010

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • South Pacific Forum on 16 September 2009
  • Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review on 13 May 2010

Standing Committee on Health and Ageing

  • Torres Strait Treaty on 19 August 2009 and 2 September 2009

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