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JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE - 07/12/2010 - Australia's relationship with the countries of Africa
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE
Joint committee
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Australia's relationship with the countries of Africa
Final

CHAIR (Senator Forshaw) —I declare open today’s public hearing of the inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade into Australia’s relationship with the countries of Africa. Today is the seventh day of public hearings of the inquiry. We are meeting in Sydney today and then in Canberra tomorrow. We propose to hold a further hearing in Perth early in 2011. We have not sorted out the date of that yet, but that will be determined in due course. Today we will be hearing from Jubilee Australia, the Refugee Council of Australia, BHP Billiton, EFIC and Mr Tapera Kapuya from the National Constitutional Assembly of Zimbabwe. Whilst witnesses are not called upon to give their evidence on oath, these hearings are akin to proceedings of the parliament itself, so all evidence must be truthful to the best of your knowledge. If at any stage a witness wishes to discuss any evidence in camera, they should make that request and the committee will consider it at that time.

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