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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Macdonald, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 October 2011:

The incidence of international child abduction to and from Australia, including:

 (a) the costs, terms and conditions of legal and departmental assistance for parents whose child has been abducted overseas;

 (b) the effectiveness of the Hague Convention in returning children who were wrongly removed or retained to their country of habitual residence;

 (c) the roles of various Commonwealth departments involved in returning children who were wrongly removed or retained to their country of habitual residence;

 (d) policies, practices and strategies that could be introduced to streamline the return of abducted children; and

 (e) any other related matters.

Question put and passed.