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PARLIAMENT O F AUSTRALIA

JO IN T STA N D IN G C O M M IT T E E O N F O R E IG N A FFA IR S, D E F E N C E A N D TRA D E PARLIAM ENT H O U S E C A N B E R R A A CT 2 6 0 0

Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee Hon DAVID JULL, MP

CHAIRMAN

MEDIA RELEASE

BOUGAINVILLE: AUSTRALIA fS OPPORTUNITY

The Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is continuing its public inquiry into Australia's contribution to the Bougainville peace process, the prospects for restoration of civil authority and the rehabilitation of Bougainville. The next public hearings will be held on:

Friday 7 May 1999 from 9.30 am to 3.45 pm

. King George Room, 2nd Floor, Carlton Crest Hotel King George Square (Cnr Ann and Roma Streets) BRISBANE

Sub-Committee Chairman, the Hon David Jull MP, said "The hearing today in Brisbane continues the program of public hearings that the Committee is conducting into Australia's contribution to the Bougainville peace process, and the prospects for Bougainville's recovery after the devastation caused by ten years of civil war."

"In Brisbane, the Sub-Committee will take evidence from a number of people who have had past experience in Bougainville, including an organisation from the Cairns district—the Bougainville Survivors of Trauma Association. Many of today's witnesses will provide evidence from a personal perspective in relation to the issues raised by the huge task of rebuilding Bougainville and its social, economic and political structures" Mr Jull said. '

Information from these hearings will supplement evidence already taken in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne from a range of witnesses, including Commonwealth agencies, private individuals, business interests and aid agencies.

Mr Jull added "The information gathered today will provide a useful basis for further examination of the many issues surrounding the Bougainville peace process, its successes and setbacks, and ways in which Australia can assist further."

A program for the hearing is provided overleaf, in addition to the inquiry's terms of reference. Media representatives and members of the public are welcome to attend the hearing.

For further information, please contact:

David Jull MP, Chairman (Springwood, QLD) 07/3299 1159

Cliff Lawson, Sub-Committee Secretary (Canberra) 02/6277 4306

6 May 1999

TELEPHONE: (02) 6 277 2313 FACSIMILE: (02) 6 277 2221

PUBLIC HEARING PROGRAM

FRIDAY 7 MAY 1999

INQUIRY INTO THE BOUGAINVILLE PEACE PROCESS

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King George Room, 2nd Floor, Carlton Crest Hotel King George Square (Cnr Ann and Roma Streets) BRISBANE 9.30am - 3.45pm

1. 9.30am - 10.30am M r Leo White

2. 10.45am - 11.30am Mr John Davidson, John Davidson & Associates Mr Derek Gorst Mrs Rae Smart

3. 11.30am - 12.15pm Brother Martin Connell .

Principal, Mt Maria Junior Secondary College

4. 1.30pm - 2.15pm Mr Lawrence Smith, Mt Isa

5. 2.15pm - 3.00pm Mr Alex Dawia, Bougainville Survivors of

Trauma Assoc. Inc.

6. 3.00pm - 3.45pm Mr George Villaflor, Townsville >

TERMS OF REFERENCE

BOUGAINVILLE: THE PEACE PROCESS AND BEYOND

To review progress in the Bougainville peace process, from the time o f the first meeting at Burnham military camp in New Zealand in July 1997, including Australia's support for that process; and to assess future prospects for the peace process, including ways in which Australia might assist further. This might include:

(a) an assessment o f the current state o f negotiations amongst the parties to the Bougainville dispute and of future prospects for the peace process;

(b) the contributions made towards the peace process by the Truce Monitoring Group/ Peace Monitoring Group, including the likely duration of the peace monitoring operation; and

(c) consideration o f Australia's current reconstruction and rehabilitation program on Bougainville, including with the restoration o f civil authority, and ways in which Australia might assist further.