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Notice given 11 December 2002

*1  Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Cook): To move—That the following matters be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 November 2003:

(1) The relevant issues involved in the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organisation, including but not limited to:

(a) the economic, regional, social, cultural, environmental and policy impact of services trade liberalisation;

(b) Australia’s goals and strategy for the negotiations, including the formulation of and response to requests, the transparency of the process and government accountability;

(c) the GATS negotiations in the context of the ‘development’ objectives of the Doha Round;

(e) the impact of the GATS on the provision of, and access to, public services provided by government, such as health, education and water; and

(f) the impact of the GATS on the ability of all levels of government to regulate services and own public assets.

(2) The issues for Australia in the negotiation of a free trade agreement with the United States of America, including but not limited to:

(a) the economic, regional, social, cultural, environmental and policy impact of such an agreement;

(b) Australia’s goals and strategy for negotiations, including the formulation of our mandate, the transparency of the process and government accountability; and

(c) the impact on the Doha Development Round.

*2  Chair of the Economics References Committee (Senator Collins): To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2004:

The structure and distributive effects of the Australian taxation system, with particular reference to:

(a) the level, extent and distribution of the current tax burden on individuals and businesses;

(b) the impact of (a) on taxpayers’ families;

(c) the use and efficacy of various tax and expenditure incentives to influence social and economic conduct, for instance participation in the workforce;

(d) the long-term social and economic impact of the current distribution of taxation, government spending and employment, including the intergenerational consequences of the tax structure;

(e) the respective roles of the Commonwealth and the states in relation to the collection and distribution of taxation revenue; and

(f) any other relevant issues which may arise in the course of the inquiry.

Orders of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on statutory powers and functions of the Australian Law Reform Commission.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian meat industry and export quotas.

Superannuation—Select Committee

Report to be presented on tax arrangements for superannuation and related policy.