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Tuesday, 31 March 1998
Page: 1607


Senator BOURNE —At the request of Senator Woodley, I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, he will move:

That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by the first sitting day in October 1998:

(1) The extent to which international human rights instruments should constrain the legislative power of the Commonwealth.

(2) The effect of international instruments on state and territory laws.

(3) The nature of cases against Australia that have been taken to the Human Rights Committee in Geneva and the Australian Government's submissions and responses to those cases.

(4) The steps and measures taken by the Government to promote human rights within Australia and abroad, with particular reference to the treatment of indigenous populations.