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Wednesday, 22 June 1994
Page: 1814


Senator BROWNHILL (Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)that Australia is now signatory to more than 2 000 treaties, conventions and agreements,

    (ii)that many of these agreements are of doubtful merit to Australia and impose inappropriate requirements,

    (iii)the concern expressed by such industry and employer bodies as the Business Council of Australia, the Metal Trades Industry Association, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the National Farmers Federation and others, and

    (iv)that the Labor Government has signed many of these treaties without undertaking any cost-benefit analysis and without any recognition of Australia's national interests; and

  (b)calls on the Government not to sign any more international agreements without thorough consultation with the Australian people and Parliament.