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Notice given 12 November 2002

247  Senator Greig: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes, with concern, indications by the Government that it is considering entering into an agreement with the United States of America (US), pursuant to which Australia would agree not to surrender US nationals to the International Criminal Court without the consent of the US; and

(b) refers the proposed agreement to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties for inquiry and report, with particular reference to the following matters:

(i) whether the proposed agreement would breach the terms of, or be otherwise inconsistent with the spirit of, the Rome Statute which Australia has ratified,

(ii) the effect of the proposed agreement, either itself or in conjunction with similar agreements between the US and other states, on the ability of the International Criminal Court to effectively fulfil its intended function,

(iii) the implications of any extradition provisions in the proposed agreement and whether the proposed agreement would require the re-negotiation of existing extradition agreements to which Australia is a party, and

(iv) the implications of the proposed agreement with respect to Australia’s national interest.

251  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate calls on the Australian Government:

(a) to agree to a unitisation deal concerning Greater Sunrise that considers for the purposes of negotiating the Timor Sea Treaty that 80 per cent of the Greater Sunrise gas field is accepted to lie within the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA);

(b) if it will not negotiate in good faith about the proportion of Greater Sunrise to lie with the JPDA, to ratify the Timor Sea Treaty independently of the Greater Sunrise unitisation arrangement being finalised; and

(c) in order to facilitate ongoing negotiation in good faith, to recommit to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice with respect to the determination of maritime boundaries.

255  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that former Columbian Senator Ingrid Betancourt and Ms Clara Rojas have been held captive by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerillas in Colombia since February 2002; and

(b) requests the Australian Government to write to President Uribe asking that he take urgent and active steps to secure the release of Ms Betancourt, Ms Rojas and other captives of the FARC.

Notice of motion altered on 13 November 2002 pursuant to standing order 77.