House of Representatives Committees

Contents


Membership of the Committee
Resolution of appointment
List of abbreviations
List of recommendations
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Treaty between Australia and Malaysia on Extradition and an Exchange of Notes between Australia and Malaysia on the Treaty of Extradition
Chapter 3 Treaty between Australia and Malaysia on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and an Exchange of Notes between Malaysia and Australia on the Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters
Chapter 4 Double Taxation Conventions with respect to Taxes on Income and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion and Protocol with France and Norway
Chapter 5 Amendments to the Annex to the Agreement with China for the Protection of Migratory Birds and their Environment
Chapter 6 Air Services Agreement with China
Chapter 7 Air Services Agreement with India
Chapter 8 Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War
Chapter 9 Amendments to the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement to ensure compliance with changes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System
Appendix A - Submissions
Appendix B – Witnesses
Appendix C – Exhibits

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 Carol Brown

 

Mr Michael Keenan MP

Senator Brett Mason

 

Mrs Margaret May MP

Senator Julian McGauran

 

Mrs Sophie Mirabella MP

Senator Glenn Sterle

 

Mr Bernie Ripoll MP

Senator Russell Trood

 

Hon Bruce Scott MP

Senator Dana Wortley

Committee Secretariat

Secretary

James Rees

Inquiry Secretary

Stephanie Mikac

Research Officer

Serica Mackay

Administrative Officer

Heidi Luschtinetz

 

 

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

ADF

Australian Defence Force

AFP

Australian Federal Police

AUSFTA

Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement

CAMBA

Agreement between Australia and China for the Protection of Migratory Birds and their Environment

CASA

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

CAT

Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

CNIA

CAMBA National Interest Analysis

Cth

Commonwealth

DEH

Department of Environment and Heritage

DFAT

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

EPBC Act

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

FCNIA

French Convention National Interest Analysis

FTAs

Free Trade Agreements

HREOC

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

HS2007

Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System that will come into effect on 1 January 2007

ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organisation

ICCPR

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

JAMBA

Agreement between Australia and Japan for the Protection of Migratory Birds and Birds in Danger of Extinction and their Environment

JNIA

JAMBA National Interest Analysis

LIV

Law Institute of Victoria

NCNIA

Norwegian Convention National Interest Analysis

NIA

National Interest Analysis

NSW CCL

New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties

OECD

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Protocol V

Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War to the 1980 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

ROKAMBA

Republic of Korea-Australia Migratory Birds Agreement

SAFTA

Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement

SCOT

Commonwealth-State/Territory Standing Committee on Treaties

US

United States of America

WCO

World Customs Organization

WSSD

World Summit on Sustainable Development

List of recommendations

2 Treaty between Australia and Malaysia on Extradition and an Exchange of Notes between Australia and Malaysia on the Treaty of Extradition

Recommendation 1

The Committee supports the Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of Malaysia on Extradition (Putrajaya, 15 November 2005) and an Exchange of Notes between the Government of Australia and the Government of Malaysia on the Treaty on Extradition (Kuala Lumpur, 7 December 2005) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

3 Treaty between Australia and Malaysia on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and an Exchange of Notes between Malaysia and Australia on the Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

Recommendation 2

The Committee supports the Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of Malaysia on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Putrajaya, 15 November 2005) and an Exchange of Notes between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Australia on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Kuala Lumpur, 7 December 2005) and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

4 Double Taxation Conventions with respect to Taxes on Income and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion and Protocol with France and Norway

Recommendation 3

The Committee supports the Convention between the Government of Australia and the Government of the French Republic for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion and Protocol, done at Paris on 20 June 2006 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Recommendation 4

The Committee supports the Convention between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion, done at Canberra on 8 August 2006 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

5 Amendments to the Annex to the Agreement with China for the Protection of Migratory Birds and their Environment

Amendments to the Annex to the Agreement with Japan for the Protection of Migratory Birds and Birds in Danger of Extinction and their Environment

Recommendation 5

The Committee supports the Amendments, agreed at Shanghai on 26 May 2006, to the Annex to the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the Protection of Migratory Birds and their Environment, done at Canberra on 20 October 1986 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

Recommendation 6

The Committee supports the Amendments, agreed at Shanghai on 25 May 2006, to the Annex to the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Japan for the Protection of Migratory Birds and Birds in Danger of Extinction and their Environment, done at Tokyo on 6 February 1974 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

6 Air Services Agreement with China

Recommendation 7

The Committee supports the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China relating to Air Services, done at Canberra on 23 March 2004 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

7 Air Services Agreement with India

Recommendation 8

The Committee supports the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of India relating to Air Services, done at New Delhi on 6 March 2006 and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

8 Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War

Recommendation 9

The Committee supports the Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War to the 1980 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

9 Amendments to the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement to ensure compliance with changes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System

Recommendation 10

The Committee supports the Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America to amend Annex 2-B (Tariff Schedule of Australia), Annex 4-A and Annex 5-A of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) to ensure compliance with changes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

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