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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee: Helping Australians Abroad A Review of the Australian Government's Consular Services

TABLE OF CONTENTS

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

TERMS OF REFERENCE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

ABBREVIATIONS
GLOSSARY
COMMITTEE REPORT

CHAPTER 1: Introduction

Reference to Committee
Conduct of the Inquiry
Consideration of Individual Cases
Acknowledgements

CHAPTER 2: International Consular Arrangements

Introduction
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
The Hague Conventions
International Practice
Bilateral Arrangements
Dual Nationality

CHAPTER 3: Australian Consular Services

Introduction
DFAT Consular Services Canberra
Austrade Consular Operations Overseas
Consulates Managed by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
Honorary Consuls
Locally Engaged Staff
Consular Statistics
Public Response to Consular Service
DFAT Career Structure and Destreaming
Consular Training of A-based Officers
Consular Training for Locally Engaged Staff
Cost of the Consular Service

CHAPTER 4: Privacy and Freedom of Information Legislation

Privacy Act 1988
Freedom of Information Act 1982
The Privacy Act and Consular Work
The Freedom of Information Act and Consular Work

CHAPTER 5: General Consular Issues

Perceptions of the Travelling Public about Consular Services
Australian Government Consular Policy
Fees for Services
Consular Public Affairs Activities
Travel Advices
Financial Assistance to Travellers
Repatriation and Medical Evacuation
Australians with Mental Illness
Return of Remains of Deceased Australians
Access to Consular Assistance
Travel Insurance
Communication with Families
Counselling

CHAPTER 6: Foreign Judicial Proceedings and Custodial Legal Issues 

Introduction
Foreign Judicial Proceedings
Intervention by the Australian Government
Assistance provided by the Australian Government
Prisoners
Pardons and Prisoner Transfer Arrangemetns
Bail
Extradition
The Case of Dr John Flynn
The Case of Mr Rob Bowra
The Case of Mr James Peng

CHAPTER 7: Hostages

Introduction
The Case of Kellie Wilkinson
The Case of David Wilson
Role of Australian Government in the Hostage Crisis
The Role of the Then Minister for Foreign Affairs
Departmental Services to the Wilson Family
DFAT and the Media
Consular Travel Advice
The Consular REsponse Group

CHAPTER 8: Deaths and Australians Missing Overseas

Introduction
Deaths of Australians Overseas
The Case of Mr Ben Maresh
Missing Persons
The Case of Mr David Lindner
Search and Rescue

CHAPTER 9: Custody Issues Involving Austrlaian Children

Introduction
International Recognition of Australian Family Court Decisions
International Conventions
International Chil Abduction Outside the Convention
Australian Government Assistance
Issues on Child Custody
Conclusions

APPENDIX 1: List of Submissions, Supplementary Submissions, Written Responses to Evidence and Other Documents Authorised for Publication by the Committee

APPENDIX 2: List of Witnesses who Appeared Before the Committee at Public Hearings

APPENDIX 3: Statement by Chairman, Senator Michael Foreshaw, to the Senate, 15 May 1997

APPENDIX 4: David John Wilson - Chronology of Events

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