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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

*1  Finance and Public Administration—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

*2  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2007. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

*3  Employment, Workplace Relations and Education—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment (Cape York Measures) Bill 2007. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

*4  Employment, Workplace Relations and Education—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Higher Education Endowment Fund Bill 2007 and the Higher Education Endowment Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)