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Thursday, 12 August 2004
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Senator NETTLE (6:18 PM) —I thank the minister for his answer. I suspect that you are right, Minister. I suspect that there are more and more. As we go through each of the different areas of the trade agreement, we find extra parliamentary committees that have been set up to make decisions about the implementation of the trade agreement for which terms of reference, membership and processes for public involvement have not been set. These are all for committees far outside the process, the scope, the ambit, the claim, the review of the Senate and the parliament.

Senator Hill —But not outside the scope of the agreement.

Senator NETTLE —No, they are part of the agreement. They are part of the agreement, which includes a large number of committees which sit outside of the scope of this parliament, to which the executive appoints a number of individuals who make decisions about how the agreement is implemented both in Australia and overseas. I agree that this trade agreement does that and provides that opportunity to the executive government to determine how the trade agreement will be implemented; this is another example of that. It is not something the Greens are supportive of. That is why we have had a series of amendments to try to bring that scrutiny, that sovereignty for decision making about our laws and agreements that have been made and implemented, back into the parliamentary process. This is another example of that and we are not supportive of it.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Brandis)—The question is that Australian Greens' amendments (1) and (2) on sheet 4384 to opposition amendment (2) on sheet 4371 be agreed to.

Question negatived.

The CHAIRMAN —The question is that opposition amendments (1) to (4) on sheet 4371 be agreed to.