House of Representatives Committees

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Committee activities (inquiries and reports)

Report 66 Treaties tabled on 7 December 2004 (4), 15 March and 11 May 2005

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Contents

Membership of the Committee
Terms of reference
List of abbreviations
List of recommendations

Membership of the Committee

Chair

Dr Andrew Southcott (MP)

 

Deputy Chair

Mr Kim Wilkie (MP)

 

Members

Hon Dick Adams (MP)

Senator Andrew Bartlett

 

Mr Michael Johnson (MP)

Senator Jacinta Collins (until  30/6/05 )

 

Mrs Margaret May (MP)

Senator Sue Mackay (until  29/7/05 )

 

Ms Sophie Panopoulos (MP)

Senator Brett Mason

 

Mr Bernie Ripoll (MP)

Senator Santo Santoro

 

Hon Bruce Scott (MP)

Senator Ursula Stephens (until  23/6/05 )

 

Mr Malcolm Turnbull (MP) (until  11/8/05 )

Senator Glenn Sterle (from 23/6/05 )

 

 

Senator Tsebin Tchen (until 30/6/05 )

 

 

Senator Russell Trood (from 23/6/05 )

 

 

Senator Dana Wortley (from 23/6/05 )

Committee Secretariat

Secretary

Gillian Gould

Inquiry Secretary

Stephanie Mikac

Research Officer

Serica Mackay

Administrative Officer

Heidi Luschtinetz

 

 

Terms of reference

The Resolution of Appointment of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties allows it to inquire into and report upon:

  1. matters arising from treaties and related National Interest Analyses and proposed treaty actions presented or deemed to be presented to the Parliament;
  2. any question relating to a treaty or other international instrument, whether or not negotiated to completion, referred to the committee by:
    1. either House of the Parliament, or
    2. a Minister; and
  3. such other matters as may be referred to the committee by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and on such conditions as the Minister may prescribe

List of abbreviations

ADF

Australian Defence Force

AFFA

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia

ASEAN

Association of South East Asian Nations

ATCM

Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

ATS

Antarctic Treaty System

CEP

Committee for Environmental Protection

COP 1

First Conference of Parties

Cth

Commonwealth

DFAT

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

EC

Emulsifiable Concentrates

EEZ

Exclusive Economic Zone

EMG

Environmental Monitoring Group

GMP

Good Manufacturing Practice

HPFB

Health Products Food Branch

ICAC

Independent Commission Against Corruption

ITU

International Telecommunication Union

JSG

Joint Sectoral Group

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

NIA

National Interest Analysis

NICNAS

National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme

PIC

Prior Informed Consent

PIC/S

Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme

RAAF

Royal Australian Air Force

SAF

Singapore Armed Forces

SAFTA

Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement

SWBTA

Shoalwater Bay Training Area

TGA

Therapeutic Goods Administration

UNCAC

United Nations Convention Against Corruption

UNCLOS

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNFCC

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

US

United States

USA

United States of America

WRC-03

World Radiocommunication Conference 2003

List of recommendations

United Nations Convention Against Corruption

Recommendation 1

That the Attorney-General advise the Committee in writing of the Australian Government’s intention to meet Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption only through the means specified in the National Interest Analysis, particularly as stated in paragraphs 50, 51 and 52.

Recommendation 2

That the Attorney-General advise the Committee in writing that the Australian Government has no intention of using the external affairs power and the United Nations Convention against Corruption to pass legislation which has not been foreshadowed in the National Interest Analysis.

Recommendation 3

The Committee supports the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (New York, 31 October 2003) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Treaty between Australia and New Zealand establishing certain Exclusive Economic Zone Boundaries and Continental Shelf Boundaries

Recommendation 4

The Committee supports the Treaty Between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand establishing certain Exclusive Economic Zone Boundaries and Continental Shelf Boundaries and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Singapore–Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendments

Recommendation 5

The Committee supports the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendments and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Korea on Cooperation in the Fields of Energy and Mineral Resources

Recommendation 6

The Committee supports the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Korea on Cooperation in the Fields of Energy and Mineral Resources (Canberra, 30 August 2004) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Agreement concerning the use of Shoalwater Bay Training Area and associated facilities in Australia

Recommendation 7

The Committee supports the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore concerning the use of Shoalwater Bay Training Area and the use of associated facilities in Australia and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Mutual Recognition Agreement on Conformity Assessment in relation to Medicines Good Manufacturing Practice Inspection and Certification

Recommendation 8

The Committee supports the Mutual Recognition Agreement on Conformity Assessment in relation to Medicines Goods Manufacturing Practice Inspection and Certification between the Government of Australia and the Government of Canada (Canberra 16 March 2005) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Final Protocol and Partial Revision of the 2001 Radio Regulations made at the World Radiocommunication Conference

Recommendation 9

The Committee supports the Final Protocol and Partial Revision of the 2001 Radio Regulations, as incorporated in the International Telecommuncation Union Final Acts of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WTC-03), (Geneva on 4 July 2003) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Establishment of the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat

Recommendation 10

The Committee supports Measure 1 (2003) Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty, adopted at Madrid, Spain on 20 June 2003 under the Antarctic Treaty, done at Washington on 1 December 1959 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

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