Blind agreement: reforming Australia's treaty-making process

25 June 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-228-9

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee Membership (PDF 24KB)
Foreword (PDF 14KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 8KB)
Recommendations (PDF 20KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 28KB)

Purpose of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Conduct of the inquiry

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 73KB)

Development of the treaty-making process
The changing face of treaties

Chapter 3 - The role of parliament in treaty making (PDF 139KB)

Practices in other jurisdictions
A strengthened role for parliament
Committee view
Parliamentary access to treaty text
Committee view
Parliamentary committees
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Consultation and transparency (PDF 121KB)

Models of transparency
Lack of transparency in the Australian context
Proposals for reform
Committee view
States and territories
Committee view

Chapter 5 - Agenda setting and post-implementation issues (PDF 87KB)

Lack of a trade strategy
Committee view
National Interest Analyses and other tabled documents
Post-implementation analysis and review
Committee view

Chapter 6 - Conclusion (PDF 44KB)

Access for members of parliament
A role for parliamentary committees
Independent analysis and monitoring

Dissenting report by Coalition Senators (PDF 15KB)
Dissenting Report by the Australian Greens (PDF 26KB)

Comments on specific recommendations

Appendix 1 - Public submissions (PDF 11KB)
Appendix 2 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 11KB)

Tabled documents
Additional information
Answers to questions on notice

Appendix 3 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 9KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535