The following matter be referred to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 November 2012:
The importance of the Indian Ocean rim for Australia's foreign, trade and defence policy, with particular reference to:For further information, contact:
(a) trade and tourism opportunities for Australia, including the role of free trade
(b) Australian mineral exports, including competition and synergies in the region;
(c) strategic developments in the Indian Ocean, including growing naval influences and
defence postures and their implications for Australia and the region more generally;
(d) the Indian Ocean Rim Association and any other relevant bodies and their future
(e) other relevant matters.
The committee is calling for submissions from organisations and people interested in developments in the Indian Ocean Region.
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
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