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Inquiry into current and future governance arrangements for the Indian Ocean Territories

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Terms of Reference

On 11 May 2005 the Senate asked the Joint Standing Committee on National Capital and External Territories to inquire into current and future governance arrangements for the Indian Ocean Territories, with particular reference to:

  1. accountability and transparency of decision-making in relation to the Indian Ocean Territories;
  2. the role of the Shire of Christmas Island and the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands;
  3. aspirations of the residents of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands for more representative governance arrangements;
  4. the link between more effective governance and improved economic sustainability for the Indian Ocean Territories;
  5. the operation of Western Australian applied laws;
  6. community service delivery including the effectiveness of service delivery agreements with the Western Australian Government; and
  7. proposals for reform of governance arrangements.

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