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Chapter 1 Introduction

Purpose of the report

1.1                   This report contains the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties’ review of five treaty actions tabled on 9 and 10 February and on 1 March 2011.

1.2                   These treaty actions are proposed for ratification and are examined in the order of tabling:

1.6                   A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS), which provides a more detailed analysis of treaties requiring a more substantial review of domestic legislation or which have greater financial impact, may accompany the NIA.

1.7                   The Committee takes account of these documents in its examination of the treaty text, in addition to other evidence taken during the inquiry program.

1.8                   Copies of each treaty and its associated documentation may be obtained from the Committee Secretariat or accessed through the Committee’s website at:

Conduct of the Committee’s review

1.9                   The treaty actions reviewed in this report were advertised on the Committee’s website from the date of tabling and in the national press on 9 March 2011. Submissions were invited by 21 March 2011, with extensions available on request.

1.10               Invitations were made to all State Premiers, Chief Ministers and to the Presiding Officers of each Parliament to lodge submissions. The Committee also invited submissions from individuals and organisations with an interest in the particular treaty under review.

1.11               Submissions received and their authors are listed at Appendix A.

1.12               The Committee examined the witnesses on each treaty at public hearings held in Canberra on 25 and 28 February 2011, and on 25 March 2011.

1.13               Transcripts of evidence from the public hearings may be obtained from the Committee Secretariat or accessed through the Committee’s website under the treaty’s tabling date, being:

1.14               A list of witnesses who appeared at the public hearings is at Appendix B.

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