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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 5

Inquiries by parliamentary committees

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

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics

  • Inquiry into the Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling – Palm Oil) Bill 2011, submission made in August 2011

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications

  • Inquiry into IT Pricing, briefing provided 27 June 2012

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • Inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea, hearing attended on 14 and 22 March 2012 and submissions made in July 2011 and March 2012
  • Inquiry into Australia's Human Rights Dialogue with China and Vietnam, hearings attended on 1 November 2011 and 5 March 2012 and submission made in August 2011
  • Inquiry into the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011, hearing attended 9 May 2012 and submission made in May 2012
  • Inquiry into Australia's Overseas Representation, hearings attended on 10 February and 19 March 2012 and submissions made in January, February and March 2012

Joint Standing Committee on Migration

  • Inquiry into Multiculturalism in Australia, hearing attended on 23 November 2011

Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories

  • Public Hearing on the Advancement of Australia's Interests in Antarctica, hearing attended 27 June 2012

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

  • Review into Treaties Tabled on 22 November and 7 February 2012, hearing attended on 19 March 2012
  • Review into Treaties Tabled on 13 October, 2, 22 and 24 November 2011, hearing attended on 6 February 2012

Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

  • Inquiry into the Integrity of Overseas Commonwealth law enforcement operations, hearing attended on 11 May 2012

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works

  • Inquiry into the Proposed Construction of a new Australian Embassy complex including Chancery and Head of Mission residence in Bangkok, Thailand, hearing attended on 4 November 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Australia's Food Processing Sector (and Select Committee)

  • Inquiry into Australia's Food Processing Sector, hearing attended on 11 May 2012 and submission made April 2012

Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (and References Committee)

  • Inquiry into Held Hostage: Government's response to kidnapping of Australian citizens overseas, hearing attended on 6 October 2011 and submission made in September 2011
  • Inquiry into the Indian Ocean region and Australia's Foreign, Trade and Defence Policy, submission made in April 2012

Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (and References Committees)

  • Inquiry into International child abduction to and from Australia, hearing attended on 26 August 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

  • Inquiry into the Examination of the Foreign Investment Review Board National Interest Test, hearing attended on 9 May 2012

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 31 October 2011 in respect of:

  • Agreement for the Establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Academy as an International Organization
  • Agreement between the Government of Australia and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) for Co-Operation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
  • International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism

The department appeared on 6 February 2012 in respect of:

  • Agreement between the European Union and Australia on the Processing and Transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) Data by Air Carriers to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

The department appeared on 19 March 2012 and7 May 2012 in respect of:

  • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

The department appeared on 18 June 2012 in respect of:

  • Fifth Agreement to Extend the 1987 Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training related to Nuclear Science and Technology.

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