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Treaties Committee to examine Australia-Tuvalu Falepili Union

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The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) will hold a public hearing for its inquiry into the Australia–Tuvalu Falepili Union. Committee Chair Mr Josh Wilson MP said: “This treaty is an expression of fellowship and cooperation between Tuvalu and Australia and a broader example of Australia’s commitment to building strong relationships with our Pacific neighbours.” “The very heart of this agreement, the … Continued

New inquiry – Ending Live Sheep Export Bill

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The House Standing Committee on Agriculture has today commenced an inquiry into the Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports by Sea) Bill 2024, which will end the live sheep export trade by sea from 1 May 2028. Committee Chair, Ms Meryl Swanson MP, said that the Bill fulfils the Government’s election promise to end the live export of … Continued

Monash Expert: New Caledonia unrest

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Riots in New Caledonia have left Australian tourists stranded, prompting the federal government to send rescue flights to pick up stranded tourists. A Monash University expert is available to talk about the civil unrest and its implications for Australia.   Dr Nicholas Ferns, ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Philosophical, Historical and  International Studies Contact: +61 … Continued

Treaties Committee to examine defence cooperation agreement with Fiji

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The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will hold a public hearing on Monday, 20 May 2024 for its inquiry into the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Fiji on Cooperation in the Field of Defence and the Status of Visiting Forces. Committee Chair, Mr Josh Wilson MP, said the agreement ‘would recognise Fiji as … Continued

Trade and Investment Growth Committee to inquire into the utilisation of benefits under Australia’s free trade agreements

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The Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth has launched an inquiry into the understanding and utilisation of the benefits available to Australian industry and communities under free trade agreements. The inquiry will focus on the level of awareness and uptake of the benefits available under Australia’s free trade agreements, including the promotion of the benefits … Continued

Committee to inquire into Pacific priorities

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The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, through the Foreign Affairs and Aid Subcommittee (the Committee), has commenced an inquiry into Australia’s response to the priorities of Pacific Island countries and the Pacific region. The inquiry was referred by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong with the attached terms of reference. The Chair … Continued

Treaties Committee recommends ratification of Southeast Asia trade area agreement

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The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has tabled a report recommending the ratification of the following treaty action: Second Protocol to Amend the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is Australia’s second largest trading partner with two-way trade totalling AUD 178 billion and AANZFTA is … Continued

Moderate Attention to Modern Slavery in Federal Budget

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The Albanese Government is making progress toward addressing modern slavery issues in our region, whilst overall aid budget funding continues to stall in this Federal Budget. Aid Budget Funding The aid budget goes up $193 million to $4.961billion but remains static at 0.19% of Gross National Income (GNI). According to analysis by @ACFID, the total … Continued

ACFID statement on United Nations General assembly vote on Friday 10th May: Granting United Nations Member status to Palestine

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Media release | Thursday, 9 May 2024 The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) encourages the Australian Government to vote in support of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution to give Palestine de-facto UN member status.  Following 57 years of military occupation, the Palestinian people deserve to have a right to be represented in … Continued