Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally



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

  • Inquiry into the provisions of the Autonomous Sanctions Bill 2010, submission made on 7 July 2010
  • Supplementary Estimates 2010–11, hearing attended on 18 October 2010
  • Additional Estimates 2010–11, hearing attended on 24 February 2011
  • Budget Estimates 2011–12, hearings attended on 1 and 2 June 2011

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • Inquiry into Australia’s Relationship with the countries of Africa, submissions made in November 2010 and April 2011
  • Review of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report 2009–10, hearing attended on 27 May 2011
  • Inquiry into Australia’s Trade and Investment Relations with Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, hearing attended on 3 June 2011

Standing Committee on Petitions

  • Petition on child labour in the production of cocoa products, hearing attended on
    25 May 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Economics – Legislation Committee

  • Inquiry into Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping) Bill 2011, hearing attended on
    4 May 2011

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 22 November 2010 in respect of:

  • Agreement Establishing the Advisory Centre on WTO Law
  • Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand to amend Article 3 of the Australia–New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA)
  • Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand to amend Annex G of the Australia–New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA)

The department appeared on 7 February 2011 in respect of:

  • World Wide Trade Group Agreement on Requirements for Wine Labelling

The department appeared on 25 February 2011 in respect of:

  • Third Protocol Amending the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia
  • World Wine Trade Group Agreement on Requirements for Wine Labelling
  • Agreement between Australia and the Slovak Republic on Social Security
  • Air Services Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Mexican States relating to Air Services
  • Air Services Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey
  • Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness Covering Design Approval, Production Activities, Export Airworthiness Approval, Post Design Approval Activities, and Technical Assistance Between Authorities under the Agreement on the Promotion of Aviation Safety Between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America

The department appeared on 28 February 2011 in respect of:

  • Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand to amend Article 3 of the Australia–New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA)
  • Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand to amend Annex G of the Australia–New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA)
  • Treaty between Australia and the People’s Republic of China concerning Transfer of Sentenced Persons

The department appeared on 21 March 2011 in respect of:

  • Exchange of Notes Amending Annex 4-A of the Australia–United States Free Trade Agreement

The department appeared on 25 March 2011 in respect of:

  • Accession by Australia to the Convention on Cybercrime
  • Amendments to Singapore–Australia Free Trade Agreement
  • Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of South Africa concerning the Co-Production of Films

Briefings provided to parliamentary committees

The department provided briefings to the following committees:

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade – Human Rights Sub-Committee

  • Human Rights situation in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines on 26 August 2010
  • Australia’s Human Rights Dialogues on 24 March 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Rural Affairs and Transport

  • WTO appeal—importation of apples on 28 October 2010

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