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NOTICES

Notice of motion:

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on 23 February 2010—That the following matters be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 13 May 2010:

 (a) the effectiveness of the Australian Government's response to Australian citizens who are kidnapped and held for ransom overseas, including but not confined to the responses of the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the consular assistance in the relevant country;

 (b) how the Australian Government's response in these situations compares to the approach taken by other countries; and

 (c) measures that could be taken by the Australian Government to improve the handling of its assistance to Australian citizens and their families.

Intention to withdraw: The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Wortley), pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of her intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to withdraw business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in her name for 12 sitting days after today for the disallowance of Marine Orders Part 28 - Operations standards and procedures - Issue 3, as contained in Marine Order No. 4 of 2009, made under subsection 425(1AA) of the Navigation Act 1912.

Senator Wortley, by leave, made a statement relating to the notice of intention.