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Report 125: Treaties tabled on 7 and 28 February 2012

20 July 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-0-642-79749-0 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79750-6 (HTML version)

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Preliminary Pages (PDF 111KB)
 
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 98KB)

Purpose of the report
Conduct of the Committee’s review

 
Chapter 2 Resolution MEPC.193(61): (Revised MARPOL Annex III: Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form) Adopted at London on 1 October 2010 (PDF 112KB)

Introduction
Background
Overview and national interest summary
Reasons for Australia to take the proposed treaty action
Obligations
Implementation
Costs
Conclusion

 
Chapter 3 Amendments to Appendices I and II to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn, 23 June 1979) done at Bergen on 25 November 2011 (PDF 115KB)

Background
Operation of the Convention
The Convention and Australia
Conclusion

 
Chapter 4 Agreement between Australia and the European Union Amending the Agreement on Mutual Recognition in relation to Conformity Assessment (MRA), Certificates and Markings between the European Community and Australia done at Brussels on 23 February 2012 (PDF 140KB)

Introduction
Background
Overview and national interest summary
Reasons for Australia to take the proposed treaty action
Removal of the Rule of Origin Restriction
Simplification of the MRA
Obligations
Overarching Framework Agreement
Sectoral Annex on Medicinal Products GMP Inspection and Batch Certification
Sectoral Annex on Medical Devices
Implementation
Costs
Alternative processes for goods assessment
Conclusion

 
Chapter 5 Convention providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will done at Washington D.C. on 26 October 1973 (PDF 132KB)

Introduction
Background
Overview and national interest summary
Reasons for Australia to take the proposed treaty action
Obligations
Implementation
Different countries – different laws: which law prevails?
Costs
Conclusion

 
Chapter 6 Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment done at New York on 18 December 2002 (PDF 180KB)

Introduction
Background
National interest summary
Reasons for Australia to take the proposed treaty action
Obligations
United Nations Subcommittee
National Preventive Mechanism
Protections, Confidentiality, Privileges and Immunities
Implementation
Obligations relating to the Subcommittee
Obligations relating to the National Preventive Mechanism
Delay in Implementation: Article 24
Is the Delay Justified?
OPCAT implementation experience so far
Australian Immigration Detention Centres
Costs
Financial Benefits of Signing
JSCOT’s previous deliberations and recommendation
Conclusion

 
Chapter 7 Amendments to the Agreement Establishing the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, adopted at London on 30 September 2011 (PDF 129KB)

Introduction
Background
Reason for and effect of amendments
Overview and national interest summary
Reasons for Australia to take the proposed treaty action
Effect if Australia does not take treaty action
Obligations
Criteria for assistance
Implementation
Costs
Conclusion

 
Chapter 8 Amendment, adopted at Lima on 27 April 2012, to Annex 1 of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) of 19 June 2001 (PDF 64KB)

Introduction
Minor treaty action

 
Appendix A – Submissions (PDF 37KB)

Treaties tabled on 7 February 2012
Treaties tabled on 28 February 2012

 
Appendix B – Witnesses (PDF 37KB)

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