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FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Kroger, at the request of the Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Eggleston) and 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 Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 November 2012:

The importance of the Indian Ocean rim for Australia's foreign, trade and defence policy, with particular reference to:

 (a) trade and tourism opportunities for Australia, including the role of free trade agreements;

 (b) Australian mineral exports, including competition and synergies in the region;

 (c) strategic developments in the Indian Ocean, including growing naval influences and defence postures and their implications for Australia and the region more generally;

 (d) the Indian Ocean Rim Association and any other relevant bodies and their future directions; and

 (e) other relevant matters.

Question put and passed.