On 10 October 2012, the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee tabled its final report on the provisions of the Defence Trade Export Controls Bill 2011. In this report, the committee recommended that:
In light of the ongoing concerns held by stakeholders, the committee believes that implementation of the bill would benefit from further scrutiny. The committee therefore recommends that during the 24 month transition period, the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee conduct a six-monthly examination of progress of the implementation of the provisions of the bill and report to the Senate.
On 11 October 2012, and in accordance with this recommendation and standing order 25(2)(a), the committee formally undertook to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the bill. The committee resolved that, during the transition period following the enactment of the bill, it would conduct regular inquiries (six-monthly) into the implementation of the provisions of the legislation and report its progress to the Senate.
In keeping with this motion, the committee would welcome submissions from those interested in the implementation of the legislation during the transition period since the committee’s second progress report, including the consultation process leading up to the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 being introduced in the Parliament in February 2015.
The closing date for submissions is 12 March 2015.
Information about the Bill - Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011.
Final Report - Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 [Provisions] Final Report - October 2012
Preliminary Report - Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 [Provisions] Preliminary Report - August 2012