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Appendix 7
Inquiries by parliamentary committees

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee reported on the department's proposed expenditure (Estimates Reports) in March and June 2002, and tabled its Scrutiny of Annual Reports No. 2 of 2001 in August 2001 and Scrutiny of Annual Reports No. 1 in March 2002.

During the review period, the department made submissions or gave evidence to five parliamentary committee inquiries, as follows:

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • Examination of the Annual Report, on 21 May 2002
  • Inquiry into the Link between Aid and Human Rights, referred to the Committee on 14 September 2000

Senate Select Committee

  • Inquiry into a Certain Maritime Incident, referred to the Committee on 13 February 2002

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Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee

  • Inquiry into Recruitment and Training in the Australian Public Service, referred to the Committee on 21 March 2002

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

  • Inquiry into the Statute of the International Criminal Court, done at Rome on 17 July 1998
    • Departmental officers appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties at hearings on this matter held in Canberra on 24 September 2001 and on 10 April 2002. The Committee has completed its consideration and tabled its report (Number 45) in May 2002

Departmental officers also appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in respect of the proposed treaty actions shown below with the date of the hearings and the number of the Committee's report where available:

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  • Hearings on 20 August 2001 and 17 September 2001 into the following 13 treaties, six of which were tabled on 7 August 2001 and seven on 21 August 2001. The hearings were covered in Report No. 43, which was tabled in September 2001.
    • Agreement with the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Social Security, done at The Hague on 2 July 2001
    • Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement with the United States of America to amend the Agreement of 4 November 1989 concerning Cooperation in Defense Logistic Support, done at Canberra on 30 July 2001
    • Agreement with Canada on Social Security, done at Ottawa on 26 July 2001
    • Agreement with Spain on Social Security, done at Madrid on 31 January 2002
    • Protocol to the 1992 Agreement with the Republic of Austria on Social Security, done at Vienna on 26 June 2001
    • Amendments to the Convention on Conservation of Nature in the South Pacific, done at Guam on 9 October 2000
    • Agreement with the Russian Federation on Cooperating in the Field of the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes, done at Canberra on 23 May 2001
    • Agreement with Portugal on Social Security, done at Lisbon on 3 September 2001
    • Agreement and Concluding Protocol with the Federal Republic of Germany on Social Security, done at Canberra on 13 December 2000
    • Agreement with the Kingdom of Thailand on the Transfer of Offenders and Co-operation in the Enforcement of Penal Sentences, done at Hanoi on 26 July 2001
    • Amendments to the 1971 Agreement and Operating Agreement on the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (INTELSAT), done at Washington on 17 November 2000
    • Final Protocol and Partial Revision of the 1998 Radio Regulations, as incorporated in the Final Acts of the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-2000), done at Istanbul on 2 June 2000
    • Council of Europe Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, done at Strasbourg on 21 March 1983
  • Hearings into another four treaties tabled on 21 August 2001 were held on 27 August 2001 and covered in Report No. 44, which was tabled in May 2002.
    • Agreement with the Argentine Republic concerning Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, done at Canberra on 8 August 2001
    • Agreement with the Czech Republic on Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy and the Transfer of Nuclear Material, done at Prague on 27 July 2001
    • Agreement with the Republic of Hungary on Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy and the Transfer of Nuclear Material, done at Budapest on 8 August 2001
    • Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement with the United States of America concerning Cooperating on the Application of Non-Proliferation Assurances, done at Washington on 31 July 2001

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  • Hearings on 13 and 27 May 2002 into 13 treaties tabled on 12 March 2002, covered in Report No. 46, which was tabled in June 2002.
    • Exchange of Letters constituting an Agreement with New Zealand to amend the 1995 Agreement Establishing a System for the Development of Joint Food Standards, done at Canberra on 27 September to 25 October 2001
    • Protocol amending the 1982 Convention with the United States of America for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income, done at Canberra on 27 September 2001
    • Agreement with the United States of America on Social Security, done at Canberra on 27 September 2001
    • Agreement with the Kyrgyz Republic concerning the Status of Australian Forces in the Kyrgyz Republic, done at Bishkek on 14 February 2002
    • Exchange of Notes amending the Agreement with New Zealand on Social Security, done at Canberra on 28 March 2001
    • Agreement with the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Mutual Administrative Assistance for the Proper Application of Customs Law and for the Prevention, Investigation and Combating of Customs Offences, done at The Hague on 24 October 2001
    • Agreement with Egypt on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, done at Cairo on 3 May 2001
    • Agreement with Uruguay on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, done at Punta del Este, Uruguay, 3 September 2001
    • Agreement with France on Employment of Dependants of Agents of Official Missions of one of the two States in the other State, done at Adelaide on 2 November 2001
    • Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in the European Region, done at Lisbon on 11 April 1997
    • Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations, done at Nauru on 28 August 2001
    • International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, done at New York on 15 December 1997
    • Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children, done at The Hague on 19 October 1996

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  • At the end of 2001-02, hearings were yet to be set for the following 11 treaties tabled in June 2002 (eight on 18 June, three on 25 June):
    • Agreement with the United States of America for the Enforcement of Maintenance (Support) Obligations (not yet signed)
    • Agreement with the Republic of Chile relating to Air Services, done at Santiago on 7 September 2001
    • Agreement with the Cook Islands relating to Air Services, done at Apia on 18 September 2001
    • International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, done at New York on 9 December 1999
    • Agreement establishing the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, done at Paris on 3 April 2001
    • Amendment to the 1980 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects, done at Geneva on 21 December 2001
    • Australian declaration under paragraph 2 of Article 36 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice 1945, lodged at New York on 22 March 2002
    • Australian declarations under Articles 287(1) and 298(1)(a) of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, lodged at New York on 22 March 2002
    • Timor Sea Treaty with the Republic of East Timor, done at Dili on 20 May 2002
    • Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement with the Republic of East Timor concerning Arrangements for Exploration and Exploitation of Petroleum in an area of the Timor Sea between Australia and East Timor, done at Dili on 20 May 2002
    • Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas, done at Rome on 24 November 1993

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