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Friday, 15 November 2002
Page: 6521

Senator Cook to move on Monday, 9 December 2002:

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 14 May 2003:

An examination of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Government's foreign and trade policy strategy, with particular reference to the forthcoming Foreign and Trade Policy White Paper, Advancing the National Interest.

(2) That, in examining this matter, the committee have regard to the following:

(a) the merits of new policy directions identified by Advancing the National Interest;

(b) whether Advancing the National Interest meets its stated objective of best using Australia's credentials and attributes to enhance Australia's national interests;

(c) the strategy's consistency with Australia's international obligations; and

(d) the process for implementation.