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Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Page: 6988


Mr MARLES (Corio) (18:34): Can I start by endorsing the comments you have made, Speaker. On behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties I present the committee's report entitled Report 134: treaties tabled on 12 March and 14 May 2013.

Ordered that the report be made a parliamentary paper.

Mr MARLES: by leave—Today I present the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties' Report 134, which contains the committees views on a series of air services agreements which were tabled on 12 March and 14 May 2013.

Air service agreements provide for the operation of commercial scheduled air services between the countries party to the agreement.

This report covers air services agreements between the Australian government and the governments of the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, Belgium and Indonesia.

The committee has considered and supports the set of agreements and recommends that binding treaty action be taken for each of the four treaties covered in Report 134. In order to facilitate the timely implementation of the agreement, the committee resolved to report its recommendations to the parliament immediately.

On behalf of the committee, I commend the report to House.