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| Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

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Inquiry into Australia's relationship with ASEAN

24 June 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-0-642-79151-1 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79152-8 (HTML version)

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Preliminary Pages (PDF 140KB)

Membership of the Committee
Membership of the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee
Committee Secretariat
Terms of reference
List of abbreviations
List of recommendations

Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 93KB)

Background to the inquiry
Importance of the Australia–ASEAN relationship
History of ASEAN and its relationship with Australia
Challenges facing ASEAN
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 Australia–ASEAN links (PDF 189KB)

The culture of ASEAN
ASEAN’s increasing engagement with the region
ASEAN’s dialogue partners
ASEAN Regional Forum
ASEAN Plus Three
East Asian Summit
Recent developments
Membership of other regional organisations
Committee comment
Australian interaction with ASEAN
Australian government interaction with ASEAN
Australian government interaction with ASEAN member countries
Australian non-government interaction with ASEAN
Committee conclusion

Chapter 3 Trade relations and bilateral free trade agreements (PDF 148KB)

Implications of the Global Financial Crisis
Committee comment
Current trade position
Need for a strong trade position
Committee comment
Bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements
Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement
Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement
Proposed bilateral free trade agreements
Free trade agreements and non-tariff barriers
Committee comment

Chapter 4 ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (PDF 148KB)

Impact of the agreement
The agreement
Main elements
A ‘platform’ for other agreements
Tariff settings
Specific areas of trade
Rules of Origin
Movement of ‘natural persons’
Greater economic integration
Implications of AANZFTA for services exports
Relationships between bilateral and multilateral agreements.
Choosing which free trade agreement to use
Levels of liberalisation
Committee comment

Chapter 5 Trade in goods (PDF 160KB)

Winners and losers
Committee comment
Automotive trade
Production volumes
Committee Comment
Non-tariff barriers
Automotive parts
Current conditions
Future directions
Committee comment
Level of demand
Cultural differences
Market niche
Barriers to trade
Committee comment

Chapter 6 Trade in services (PDF 160KB)

Services exports to ASEAN countries
Other obstacles
Education and FTAs 
Committee comment
Ownership restrictions
Regulatory restrictions
Responses by Australia
Telecommunications and free trade agreements
Committee comment
Committee comment
Recognition of professional qualifications
Committee comment
Foreign Direct Investment
Committee conclusion

Chapter 7 Regional security (PDF 188KB)

Defence relationships
ASEAN Regional Forum
Five Power Defence Arrangements
Shangri-La Dialogue
Defence bilateral relations
Insurgency and terrorism
Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia tri-border area
Counter-terrorism in Indonesia
Southern Thailand insurgency
Transnational crime
Committee comment
Biosecurity and health
Biosecurity issues
Health issues
Committee comment
Security of radioactive materials
Regional Cooperative Agreement
Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia
 Regional Security of Radioactive Sources Project
Potential commercial benefits
Committee comment

Chapter 8 Human rights (PDF 171KB)

ASEAN's focus on human rights
ASEAN human rights body
Migrant workers
ASEAN Social Charter
Committee comment
Human rights issues within Indonesia
Roti Island fishermen
Committee comment
Provision of aid to the Burmese
AFP training of Burmese police
Effectiveness of sanctions against Burma
Committee comment

Chapter 9 Climate change (PDF 148KB)

Impact of climate change
ASEAN’s response
Australian government involvement
Opportunities for Australia
Climate change modelling and prediction
Primary production sustainability
Energy efficiency and carbon emissions trading
Committee comment

Appendix A—Submissions (PDF 42KB)
Appendix B—Exhibits (PDF 51KB)
Appendix C—Witnesses at public hearings (PDF 76KB)

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