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Notice given 20 June 2007

Senator Faulkner: To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee for inquiry and report by 31 August 2007:

Whether the inquiries conducted by the Board of Inquiry and the Coroner of Western Australia into the fire on HMAS Westralia in May 1998 resulting in the death of four crew members, were fully informed of all the circumstances leading up to the tragedy, including alleged prior warnings of poor engine maintenance standards in Navy ships, and HMAS Westralia in particular, and of any other matters relevant to maintenance procedures affecting the safety, reliability and capability of ships at sea.

(2) That the committee, in the course of its inquiry, examine relevant evidence provided in the estimates hearings of the committee and the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in February and May 2007.

Orders of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on workforce challenges in the Australian transport sector.

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Communications Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing and Datacasting) Bill 2007. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

* 3  Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Standing Committee—Proposed reference

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 15 October 2007:

All aspects of the detention and release of Dr Mohamed Haneef, including:

(a) the source and veracity of information upon which decisions were made;

(b) the actions of the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Mr Andrews), including his overriding of the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court decision to grant bail to Dr Haneef;

(c) the role of other ministers, including the Attorney-General (Mr Ruddock) and the Prime Minister (Mr Howard);

(d) the investigation by the Australian Federal Police and other agencies;

(e) the decisions taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions;


 (f) the international impact on Australia of the Government’s handling of the case; and

(g) any future decisions to be made in relation to Dr Haneef ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 8 August 2007 ).