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  • Ambitious new sports diplomacy initiative aimed at deepening relations with Pacific island countries

    Ambitious proposal for a new sports diplomacy mission dubbed ‘Team AusPac’ was tabled in Federal Parliament today, aimed at deepening ties between Australia and Pacific island countries.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 1 September 2021


  • New inquiry - space-based Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, maintenance of Defence Estate, and workforce

    The Defence Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is conducting a new inquiry, focussing on important aspects of the most recent Annual Report of the Department of Defence including space based intelligence and cyberspace warfare

    Media release issue date: Friday, 9 July 2021


  • Myanmar coup – report published

    The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade today presented its report, Australia’s response to the coup in Myanmar.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 24 June 2021


  • Public Hearings on Human Rights

    A public hearing on Friday, 18 June 2021 will examine Australia’s role internationally in promoting the elimination of child and forced marriage and the human rights of women and girls in the Pacific.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 17 June 2021


  • DFAT to appear at first hearing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership inquiry

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will appear at the opening public hearing today for an Australian parliamentary inquiry looking at the merits of expanding the membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 17 June 2021


  • Public Hearing on child and forced marriage

    A public hearing on Friday, 18 June 2021 will examine Australia’s role internationally in promoting the elimination of child and forced marriage.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 13 May 2021


  • Inquiry into Defence relationships in the Pacific Report tabled

    The report of the Inquiry into Defence relationships in the Pacific undertaken by Defence Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade was tabled today. Chair of the Sub-Committee Andrew Wallace MP said that Defence and security challenges faced in the Pacific are now more prevalent and complex than ever before.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 12 May 2021


  • Home Affairs, DFAT and Defence on Myanmar

    The Foreign Affairs and Aid Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is holding the next stage of public hearings into the military coup in Myanmar on Thursday, 13 May 2021.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 10 May 2021


  • Public hearing on Myanmar - 13 April 2021

    The Foreign Affairs and Aid Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will hold a public hearing on Tuesday 13 April in Canberra to examine recent worrying developments in Myanmar in greater depth, and to hear from concerned sectors of Australian society about the troubling direction Myanmar has taken since the military coup of 1 February.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 12 April 2021


  • Public Hearing on Myanmar - 13 April 2021

    The military coup in Myanmar, and the escalating violence and rising death toll, are of growing concern to Australia.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 26 March 2021


  • International events extend the time for submissions to the Trans-Pacific Partnership inquiry

    In response to the new Biden administration in the United States and also the United Kingdom declaring it wants to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement, an Australian parliamentary inquiry looking at the merits of expanding the CPTPP’s membership has extended the closing date for submissions to 16 April 2021.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021


  • Report on the COVID-19 pandemic’s implications for Australia’s foreign affairs, defence and trade

    Federal Parliament is releasing the report of its inquiry into the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Australia’s foreign affairs, defence and trade policy.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 8 December 2020


  • Australian Magnitsky-style law recommended

    Australia should enact a world-leading law to apply targeted sanctions to perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption, according to a new Australian Parliament report.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 7 December 2020


  • PFAS remediation partners in panel discussion

    The parliamentary inquiry into per-and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) remediation will hear today from an expert panel of environmental service providers, partners with Defence in its National PFAS Investigation and Management Program.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 7 December 2020


  • Pacific relationships: judicial capacity building, population displacement risk and accessing Australian TV programs

    An inquiry into strengthening Australia’s relationships in the Pacific island region to meet current and emerging opportunities and risks will tomorrow discuss strengthening governance frameworks, explore planning for population displacement threats and hear about the 2020 roll-out of the PacificAus TV initiative in the region.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020


  • PFAS inquiry consults the CSIRO

    A parliamentary inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases will hear today from key scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Australia’s national science agency about its latest environmental research.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 30 November 2020


  • Room for more in the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

    A new parliamentary inquiry will look into the merits of expanding the membership of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 13 November 2020


  • Pacific inquiry to discuss long-term solutions amid the current crisis

    An inquiry into strengthening Australia’s relationships in the Pacific region to meet current and emerging opportunities and risks will tomorrow hear evidence of the almost ‘miraculous’ lack of Covid-19 cases in the Pacific islands. These Covid-free islands have, however, not been spared from the severe economic impacts of the global pandemic.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020


  • Eliminating PFAS with CRC CARE

    The parliamentary inquiry into remediation of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination on and around Defence bases will hear today from Professor Ravi Naidu, founding Managing Director and CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment— CRC CARE.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 9 November 2020


  • Targeted Sanctions inquiry to hear from business and industry peak bodies

    An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt ‘Magnitsky-style’ laws will hear from the Export Council of Australia and the Australian Industry Group at a teleconference round table this week.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 30 September 2020


  • COVID-19 inquiry to examine defence and development issues

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will conclude its program of public hearings with two days of hearings on the 15th and 16th of September. The first day will focus on international affairs, defence and maritime issues, while the second will focus on international development aid.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 14 September 2020


  • Strengthening Australia’s Pacific relationships— The importance of Australian media in the Pacific

    The Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will today hold a public hearing with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and prominent Pacific region journalists for the inquiry into strengthening Australia’s relationships in the Pacific.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 10 September 2020


  • Parliament hosts roundtable on the Pacific

    Diplomatic representatives from Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Kingdom of Tonga, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, New Zealand, and Kiribati will meet tomorrow with members of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade for a roundtable discussion on the topics of Pacific trade, aid and defence.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 3 September 2020


  • Strengthening Australia’s Pacific relationships — Pacific Step-up policy and COVID-19 partnerships recovery

    The Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will today hold a public hearing with the two lead federal departments for the inquiry into strengthening Australia’s relationships in the Pacific.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 3 September 2020


  • Pacific trade agreement opponents to have their say

    Australian, Tongan and Fijian opponents to a new Pacific trade agreement will give evidence at a parliamentary hearing tomorrow.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 2 September 2020


  • PFAS second progress report tabled

    The second progress report of the PFAS Sub-committee’s ongoing scrutiny of remediation in and around Defence bases was presented today in Parliament.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 31 August 2020


  • Industry Department and Foreign Affairs to appear before COVID-19 inquiry

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will hear from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in two separate public hearings this week.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 31 August 2020


  • Clinical trial to reduce PFAS in blood a world first

    A parliamentary inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases will hear on Monday about a world first study being conducted to reduce PFAS levels in blood.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 28 August 2020


  • Activating trade in the Pacific

    The Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee will hear from a range of academics and training providers both in Australia and in Fiji at a public hearing today for its inquiry into Australia’s trade with Pacific island countries.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 27 August 2020


  • PFAS risks for firefighters to be examined

    A parliamentary inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases will hear today about the legacy risks of PFAS-based firefighting foams to firefighters at these and other sites.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 24 August 2020


  • COVID-19 inquiry to hear from Department of Finance

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will hear from the Department of Finance.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 24 August 2020


  • COVID-19 inquiry to hear from Department of Health

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will hear from the Department of Health.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020


  • Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation to appear before COVID-19 inquiry

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will hear from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at its next public hearing.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 10 August 2020


  • CSIRO to appear before COVID-19 inquiry

    Witnesses from CSIRO will give evidence at a public hearing on the organisation’s work in vaccine research, data services and advanced manufacturing capabilities in response to the pandemic. (Hearing time amended to 3.30pm)

    Media release issue date: Monday, 3 August 2020


  • COVID-19 inquiry to examine ports and shipping

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will turn its attention to the pandemic’s impact on Australia’s freight and shipping industries at its next public hearing.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020


  • COVID-19 inquiry to examine health services and supplies

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will turn its attention to public health at its next public hearing.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 22 July 2020


  • COVID-19 inquiry to examine exports

    A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will turn its attention to Australia’s export sector in a public hearing tomorrow.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 15 July 2020


  • Defence relationships in the Pacific to be re-examined in new Parliamentary hearings

    Australia’s Defence relationship with Pacific Island nations will be re-examined in the context of the Pacific Step-up as two days of public hearings get underway in Canberra. The Defence Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will hear from academics, Government Departments and Non-Government Agencies across the two days to help explore how far Australia’s activities correspond to the needs of our partner nations in the Pacific and how they might be better co-ordinated.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 15 July 2020


  • Impact of the COVID pandemic for manufacturing

    How can Australia define and improve its sovereign manufacturing capability to ensure national resilience during unplanned events such as the global pandemic? This is one of the questions to be addressed by the next public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade’s inquiry into the implications of the pandemic for Australia’s defence, trade and international relations.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 7 July 2020


  • Parliament to examine supply chain resilience and defence and cyber security capability as COVID-19 impacts

    With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the responsiveness and flexibility of Australian systems and its people, as well as exposing some structural weaknesses, the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee will tomorrow hold a public hearing as part of an inquiry into the resilience of Australia’s supply chains and the impact of COVID-19 on the global rules based order.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 1 July 2020


  • Magnitsky inquiry to hear from Garry Kasparov

    An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt ‘Magnitsky-style’ laws will hear from world champion chess grandmaster and human rights commentator Garry Kasparov at a teleconference hearing this week.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 24 June 2020


  • COVID-19, the health sector and Australia’s international relations

    The health system will be the focus of the first public hearing of the inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 22 June 2020


  • Australia’s relationships with the Pacific Islands — Roundtable hearings in Canberra

    The Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will tomorrow hold its first roundtable public hearing for the inquiry into strengthening Australia’s relationships with the Pacific Islands.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020


  • Experts discuss Pacific trade

    The parliamentary inquiry into activating trade with Pacific Island countries will hear tomorrow from an ANU economist and also a Tasmanian power services company providing renewable energy across the Pacific.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020


  • PFAS issues for primary producers

    The PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will hear today about safety standards governing consumption of PFAS contaminated primary produce in Australia.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 15 June 2020


  • Human Rights Sub-Committee to hear from Australian experts

    The International Commission of Jurists, the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will give evidence at public hearings for the Magnitsky Act inquiry.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 12 June 2020


  • Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson talk to parliament

    Ms Amal Clooney and Mr Geoffrey Robertson OAM, Queens Counsel will be among the experts to appear before an inquiry on whether to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 14 May 2020


  • Australia’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade policy in a post-pandemic world

    The impact of COVID-19 on lives and livelihoods has been severe around the globe, including Australia. While Australian, State & Territory governments continue to lead the nation into a containment and recovery phase, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade has today voted to adopt Terms of Reference for an inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade policies.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020


  • UN Drugs and Crime office talk corruption in the Pacific

    The Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee will hear from the Institute for International Trade and then from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime at a public hearing tomorrow for its inquiry into Australia’s trade with Pacific island countries.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020


  • Magnitsky Act inquiry to hear from Global Experts

    Mr Geoffery Robertson OAM Queens Counsel and Ms Amal Clooney will be among the experts to appear before an inquiry on whether to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 8 May 2020


  • Magnitsky Act inquiry gathers evidence

    An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt Magnitsky-style laws to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses will hold two further public hearings this week, via teleconference.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 28 April 2020


  • Magnitsky Act inquiry continues with teleconference

    An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt Magnitsky-style laws to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses will hold its first public hearing this week, via teleconference.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 30 March 2020


  • Pacific labour mobility – the $144 million question

    The Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee will hear tomorrow from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade at a public hearing for its inquiry into activating trade and investment between Australia and Pacific island countries.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 27 February 2020


  • PFAS and the health opinion

    The PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will today ask the Department of Health about PFAS and its potential impacts on human health.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 24 February 2020


  • Strengthening Australia’s relationships with the Pacific Islands

    The Parliament’s Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has launched a new inquiry into strengthening Australia’s relationships with Pacific region countries to meet current and emerging opportunities and challenges facing the region.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020


  • Inquiry to review key initiatives in the Pacific that enhance opportunities for women and girls

    A new parliamentary inquiry will review how Australia can better engage with our Pacific neighbours to enhance opportunities for women and girls.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020


  • PFAS in the environment

    On Monday 10 February, the PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will begin the new parliamentary year with questions about Government action on safety frameworks for PFAS in the environment.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 7 February 2020


  • PFAS remediation and health—first report

    Today the PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) tabled the first report of its inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 20 December 2019


  • Inquiry steps up on Defence and the Pacific

    A new Parliamentary inquiry will examine Australia’s Defence relationship with Pacific Island nations in the context of the Pacific Step-up.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 5 December 2019


  • Inquiry into a framework for autonomous sanctions under Australian law to target human rights abuses

    Senator the Hon David Fawcett, Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, announced today a new parliamentary inquiry which will examine whether Australia should adopt legal measures to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit gross human rights abuses.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019


  • Activating trade and investment for a win-win in the Pacific

    The Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has launched a new inquiry into activating trade and investment between Australia and Pacific island countries.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 3 December 2019


  • PFAS remediation work in the spotlight

    On Monday 2 December 2019, the PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will hear from the Department of Defence about the effectiveness of its National PFAS Investigation and Management Program.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 29 November 2019


  • PFAS Health Study continues

    On Monday 25 November, the PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will hold the first public hearing for its inquiry into the Department of Defence’s remediation of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination on defence bases.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 22 November 2019


  • Ongoing review of PFAS remediation work

    Over the 46th Parliament, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will undertake a watching brief of government action on per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) harms and their remediation.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 21 October 2019




    About this committee

    The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is appointed under a resolution of appointment which was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, 4 July 2019 and the Senate on Monday, 22 July 2019.



     

     

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