Contestability and Consensus

November 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN: 978-1-74366-886-3

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Chair's Foreword


  Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
  Defence Sub Committee

Terms of Reference


Executive Summary

  The case for change
  Benefits of parliamentary engagement
  The way forward

List of Recommendations

1. Introduction

  Overview of inquiry
  Conduct of the inquiry
  Outline of report

2. Defining bipartisanship

  Bipartisanship and defence
  A definition of bipartisanship

3. Defence capability planning in Australia

  Australia‚Äôs strategic outlook
  Defence capability planning

4. International models of bipartisanship

  International examples of bipartisanship

5. Benefits and risks of bipartisanship


6. A new model for Parliamentary engagement and bipartisanship

  Improving Parliamentary engagement
  Proposal for a new, statutory Defence Committee

A. Submissions and evidence

  Answers to questions on notice

B. Witnesses

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313