Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7816

Senator COOK (Western Australia) (9.40 a.m.)—I move:

That the following matters be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 November 2003:

(1) The relevant issues involved in the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organisation, including but not limited to:

(a) the economic, regional, social, cultural, environmental and policy impact of services trade liberalisation;

(b) Australia's goals and strategy for the negotiations, including the formulation of and response to requests, the transparency of the process and government accountability;

(c) the GATS negotiations in the context of the `development' objectives of the Doha Round;

(d) the impact of the GATS on the provision of, and access to, public services provided by government, such as health, education and water; and

(e) the impact of the GATS on the ability of all levels of government to regulate services and own public assets.

(2) The issues for Australia in the negotiation of a free trade agreement with the United States of America, including but not limited to:

(a) the economic, regional, social, cultural, environmental and policy impact of such an agreement;

(b) Australia's goals and strategy for negotiations, including the formu-lation of our mandate, the transparency of the process and government accountability; and

(c) the impact on the Doha Development Round.

Question agreed to.