The Department

Inquiries by Parliamentary Committees


The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee reported on the Department’s proposed expenditure (Estimates Reports) in November and June, and tabled its Scrutiny of Annual Reports in April. During the review period, the Department appeared before or made submissions to the following major parliamentary committee inquiries or reports. The list also includes recent references to committees to which the Department expects to contribute. Details of responses to which the Department contributed or is expected to contribute are provided in the Supplementary Information.

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • ANZUS After 45 Years: Seminar Proceedings 11-12 August, report tabled 2 October
  • From Empire to Partnership: Report on a Seminar on the Commonwealth of Nations, report tabled 20 October
  • Australia and ASEAN: Managing Change, report tabled 6 April
  • Funding Australia’s Defence, report released 8 May
  • The Asian Crisis: Report on a Seminar on the Asian Currency Crisis and Its Effect on Australia, 19 March, report presented 25 May
  • Bougainville Peace Process, reference to Committee 28 May
  • Regional Human Rights Dialogue, report tabled 29 June
  • Australia’s Trade Relationship with India, report tabled 29 June

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

  • Australia in Relation to Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, reference 26 June 1997
  • Examination of Developments in Contemporary Japan and the Implications for Australia, reference to Committee 3 March
  • Nuclear Weapon and Ballistic Missile Proliferation in South Asia, reference to Committee 28 May

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

  • Tenth Report, presented in September:
    • Agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation with Lebanon
    • Amendment to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
    • Fourth Protocol to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
    • Nuclear Re-transfer Agreement with the Republic of Korea
    • Regional Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
  • Eleventh Report, presented in November:
    • Agreement on Economic and Commercial Cooperation with Kazakhstan
    • Protocol to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
    • Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement with Malaysia
    • Asia-Pacific Postal Union: Additional Protocols
  • Twelfth Report, presented in December:
    • Australia Indonesia Maritime Delimitation Treaty
  • Thirteenth Report, presented in March:
    • Agreement to the Neutral Truce Monitoring Group in Bougainville
  • Fourteenth Report, presented in June:
    • Multilateral Agreement on Investment -Interim Report
  • Inquiries active at 30 June:
    • United Nations Convention on Desertification
    • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
    • OECD Convention on Combating Bribery
    • Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Mines and on Their Destruction
    • Agreement on Mutual Recognition in Relation to Conformity Assessment, Certificates and Marking between Australia and the European Community
    • Fifth Protocol to the General Agreement on Trade in Services
    • Agreement between Australia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the Promotion and Protection of Investments
    • Headquarters Agreement Between the Government of Australia and the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna
    • Comprehensive Nuclear Test-ban Treaty

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs

  • Adjusting to Agricultural Reform: Australia No Longer Down Under, report presented 22 June

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment, Recreation and the Arts

  • Regulatory Arrangements for Trading in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, reference 28 October

Joint Statutory Committee on Corporations and Securities

  • Electronic Commerce, reference to Committee 24 June

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit

  • Internet Commerce, reference to Committee 28 May

Senate Economics Committee

  • High Flux Australian Reactor, reference to Committee 2 October.

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