House of Representatives Committees

Contents

Membership of the committee
Resolution of Appointment
List of abbreviations
List of recommendations

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Treaty with France concerning cooperation in maritime areas in the Southern Ocean
Chapter 3 Australia-Thailand Free Trade Agreement
Chapter 4 Air Services Agreement with the United Arab Emirates
Chapter 5 Agreement concerning police and assistance to Nauru
Chapter 6 Agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Oenological Practices
Chapter 7 Amendments to the Constitution of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity
Chapter 8 Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict
Chapter 9 WIPO Copyright Treaty, and Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Appendix A - Submissions
Appendix B - Exhibits

Membership of the Committee

41st Parliament

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

 

Mrs Margaret May MP

Senator Sue Mackay

 

Ms Sophie Panopolous MP

Senator Brett Mason

 

Mr Bernie Ripoll MP

Senator Santo Santoro

 

Hon Bruce Scott MP

Senator Ursula Stephens

 

Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP

Senator Tsebin Tchen

40th Parliament

Chair

Dr Andrew Southcott MP

 

Deputy Chair

Mr Kim Wilkie MP

 

Members

Hon Dick Adams MP

Senator Andrew Bartlett

 

Mr Kerry Bartlett MP

Senator Linda Kirk

 

Mr Steven Ciobo MP

Senator Gavin Marshall

 

Mr Martyn Evans MP

Senator Brett Mason

 

Mr Greg Hunt MP

Senator Santo Santoro

 

Mr Peter King MP

Senator Ursula Stephens

 

Hon Bruce Scott MP

Senator Tsebin Tchen

Committee Secretariat

Secretary

Gillian Gould

Inquiry Secretary

Jennifer Cochran

Research Officer

Patricia Tyson

Administrative Officers

Heidi Luschtinetz
Frances Wilson

Resolution of appointment

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

ABC

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ACF

Australian Conservation Federation

ACMF

Australian Chicken Meat Federation

ACTU

Australian Council of Trade Unions

ADF

Australian Defence Force

AFTINET Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network

ALIA

Australian Library and Information Association

AMWU

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

ANZCERTA

Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement

APEC

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

APT

Asia Pacific Telecommunity

ASEAN

Association of Southeast Asia Nations

ATFTA

Australia-Thailand Free Trade Agreement

AusAID

Australian Agency for International Development

AUSFTA

Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement

CDF

Chief of Defence Force

CERFTA

Closer Economic Relations Free Trade Agreement

CIE

Centre for International Economics

CKD

‘completely knocked down’

CRA

Commercial Radio Australia

CTC

Change in Tariff Classifications

DAFF

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

DCITA

Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts

DFAT

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

DoTARS

Department of Transport and Regional Services

EEZ

Exclusive Economic Zones

FCAI

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

FOB

Free on Board

FSANZ

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand

FTA

Free Trade Agreement

GATT General Agreement on Trade in Services
GATS General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GDP Gross Domestic Product
HAL Horticulture Australia Limited
HREOC Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

ICFTU

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

ILO

International Labour Organisation

ITU

International Telecommunication Union

IUU

Illegal, unreported and unregulated

MAA

Agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Oenological Practices

MFN

Most Favoured Nation

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

NPF

Nauru Police Force

NGO

Non Government Organisation

NIA

National Interest Analysis

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

PIC

Pacific Island Countries

PMVs

Passenger Motor Vehicles

RAMSI

Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands

RIS

Regulation Impact Statement

ROOs

Rules of Origin

RVC

Regional Value Content

SAFTA

Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement

SCOT

Standing Committee of Treaties

SPS

Sanitary and Photosanitary

TAAF

French Southern and Antarctic waters

TAFTA

Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement

TBT

Technical Barriers to Trade

TCF

Textiles, clothing and footwear

TFIA

Council of Textiles and Fashion Industries of Australia Ltd

TRIPS

Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

TRQ

Tariff Rate Quota

UAE

United Arab Emirates

UNICEF

United Nations Children’s Fund

WCT

WIPO Copyright Theory

WIPO

World Intellectual Property Organisation

WPPT

WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

WTO

World Trade Organization

WWTG

World Wine Trade Group

List of recommendations

2 Treaty with France concerning cooperation in maritime areas in the Southern Ocean

Recommendation 1

The Committee supports the Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of the French Republic on cooperation in the maritime areas adjacent to the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF), Heard Island and the McDonald Islands (Canberra, 24 November 2003) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

3 Australia-Thailand Free Trade Agreement

Recommendation 2

The Committee supports the Australia-Thailand Free Trade Agreement and Associated Exchanges of Letters and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

4 Air Services Agreement with the United Arab Emirates

Recommendation 3

The Committee supports the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Arab Emirates relating to Air Services (Dubai, 8 September 2002) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

6 Agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Oenological Practices

Recommendation 4

The Committee supports the Agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Oenological Practices (Toronto, 18 December 2001) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

7 Amendments to the Constitution of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity

Recommendation 5

The Committee supports the Constitution of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (Bangkok, 1976) as amended (Colombo, 1991) as amended in New Delhi in 2002 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

8 Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict

Recommendation 6

The Committee recommends that the Department of Defence ensure that the appropriate implementing mechanism for the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (New York, 25 May 2000) is readily available on the Department’s website and through other means.

Recommendation 7

The Committee recommends that the Department of Defence include ‘genuinely’, ‘fully’ and ‘informed’ where appropriate in the implementing mechanism for the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (New York, 25 May 2000) so as to accurately reflect the treaty.

Recommendation 8

The Committee supports the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (New York, 25 May 2000) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

9 WIPO Copyright Treaty, and Performances and Phonograms Treaty

Recommendation 9

The Committee supports the WIPO Copyright Treaty, adopted by the Diplomatic Conference at Geneva on 20 December 1996 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Recommendation 10

The Committee supports the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, adopted by the Diplomatic Conference at Geneva on 20 December 1996 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

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