Strategic Importance of the Indian Ocean Territories

On Thursday, 10 November 2016 the Committee agreed to inquire into and report on the Strategic importance of the Indian Ocean Territories in accordance with the terms of reference referred by Senator The Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Local Government and Territories.

The Committee invites interested persons and organisation to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday, 20 January 2017.  Online submissions can be made on this page.

For information on how to make a submission, go to our Making a submission to a Committee Inquiry page.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4355

About this inquiry

The Committee will inquire into and report on the Strategic importance of the Indian Ocean Territories.

Past Public Hearings

05 Apr 2017: West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
05 Apr 2017: Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
04 Apr 2017: Christmas Island


Inquiry Status

Submissions closed


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