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Notice given 6 March 2003

Senator Forshaw: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 8 October 2003:

(a) the adequacy and appropriateness of the framework for employment and management of staff under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (the MoPS Act);

(b) the role and functions of MoPS staff in assisting and advising their employers and interacting with the Australian Public Service and other stakeholder groups;

(c) the remuneration and conditions of employment of MoPS staff;

(d) the means by which MoPS staff are accountable to government, the Parliament and the public;

(e) suitable means by which the accountability of MoPS staff could be enhanced;

(f) the merits of introducing a code of conduct for MoPS staff reflecting the Values and Code of Conduct of the Public Service Act 1999 , the key elements such a code should contain and the process by which such a code should be developed and introduced;

(g) suitable means by which the accountability of the Government for the employment of MoPS staff can be enhanced;

(h) the role of departmental liaison officers and their interaction with MoPS staff and departments; and

(i) appropriate amendments to the MoPS Act flowing from the above.

Orders of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Proposed reference

Further consideration of the motion of Senator Brown—That the following matters be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 June 2003:

The operation and effectiveness of Australia’s security and intelligence agencies in the lead up to the Bali bombings, including:

(a) the discrepancies, if any, between Australia and other nations (including the United States of America) in intelligence received regarding terrorist operations prior to the bombings;

(b) action taken in Australia and elsewhere to warn the public of potential dangers; and

(c) any other matters concerning security and intelligence agencies affecting Australians in relation to the Bali bombings.

And on the amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner) —Omit all words after “26 June 2003”, substitute:

The performance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and other relevant agencies of the Commonwealth Government in the assessment and dissemination of threats to the security of Australians in South East Asia in the period 11 September 2001 to 12 October 2002, including:

(a) the assessment made by DFAT and other relevant agencies of the Commonwealth Government of the threat to Australians in South East Asia from al Qaeda (and associated terrorist organisations) prior to 11 September 2001;

(b) any change in the assessment of the threat to Australians in South East Asia from these terrorist organisations arising from the terrorist events of 11 September 2001 and the decision by Australia to participate in military actions with other coalition partners against al Qaeda in Afghanistan in November 2001;

(c) any further changes in the assessment of the threat to Australians in South East Asia from these terrorist organisations arising from the arrest and interrogation of the so-called ‘Singapore bombers’ between December 2001 and February 2002;

(d) any further change in threat assessments to Australians in South East Asia arising from the arrest and interrogation of Omar al-Faruq;

(e) any subregional variations on the assessment of the threat to Australians in South East Asia in the period 11 September 2001 and 12 October 2002, in particular within Indonesia, including Jakarta and Bali;

(f) any differences between the assessments of the threat made by DFAT and other Commonwealth Government agencies, and the assessments of the threat made by the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada over the security of their nationals for the same period;

(g) any differences between the assessments of the threat made by DFAT and other related agencies of the Commonwealth Government and the content of the travel advisories, travel bulletins and embassy bulletins provided by DFAT over the period 11 September 2001 and 12 October 2002;

(h) any differences between DFAT travel advisories, travel bulletins and embassy bulletins between the period 11 September 2001 and 12 October 2002;

(i) DFAT’s conclusions of any deficiencies in the assessment system and the system for preparing travel advisories, travel bulletins and embassy bulletins in the period 11 September 2001 and 12 October 2002; and

(j) DFAT’s conclusions on improvements to be dissemination of travel advisories, travel bulletins and embassy bulletins to the Australian travelling public in the future”—( adjourned, Minister for Justice and Customs (Senator Ellison), 6 March 2003 ).

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented in respect of the 2002-03 additional estimates.

Superannuation—Select Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Bill 2002 and the Superannuation (Financial Assistance Funding) Levy Amendment Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors’ Bonuses) Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)