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11    Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—References

Senator McEwen, at the request of the Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Gallacher) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2016:

The capability of Defence’s physical science and engineering (PSE) workforce, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the importance of the PSE workforce to Defence projects;

    (b)   the current PSE capability within Defence, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO);

     (c)   the potential risks of a skills shortage in the PSE workforce and a decline in Defence’s PSE capability;

    (d)   the ability of Defence to have relevant PSE capabilities to meet future technological needs;

     (e)   the ability of new technologies discovered by the PSE workforce to be incorporated into Australia’s defence capability planning;

     (f)   the effect of project outsourcing on Defence’s PSE capability;

     (g)   the ability to attract and retain a highly skilled PSE workforce in Defence, DMO and DSTO; and

    (h)   any other related matters.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.

Senator Bushby, at the request of the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Back) 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 3 December 2015:

Australia’s relationship with Mexico, with particular reference to:

    (a)   Mexico’s continued elevation in the global geo-political and economic order and its implications for Australia;

    (b)   opportunities for enhanced relations, including the potential for increased bilateral engagement and also through jointly held memberships such as the G20, APEC, OECD and MIKTA;

     (c)   potential opportunities for enhanced trade and investment ties, in particular those emanating from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP);

    (d)   the scope for increased collaboration in the education sector and the potential for extending scholarship programs to Mexico;

     (e)   the scope for increased trade and commercial exchange in the resources sectors with particular reference to hard rock mining and the oil and gas sector in the Gulf of Mexico;

     (f)   the scope for cross investment and joint ventures in Australian and Mexican infrastructure projects; and

     (g)   any other related matters.

Question put and passed.