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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2196

Mr SHIPTON —by leave-I wish to speak in support of the comments made by the honourable member for St George (Mr Morrison), the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, that this matter be held over because the Committee was unable to complete its inquiry. I support the recommendation of the Committee that it be reconstituted and that the Jackson Report of the Committee to Review the Australian Overseas Aid Program again be referred to the Committee. I think the work the Committee is doing on the Jackson report and on the other reports that have been tabled, which the honourable member for St George referred to, show the very valuable work of parliamentary committees and particularly the work of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

As I think the honourable member said, the Committee appointed a working group of Committee members to consider the Jackson Report. The working group held preliminary discussions with Sir Gordon Jackson and other members of the Review Committee on overseas aid, which is a very important matter for Australia, for the region and for our relations with nations in the region. As I have said, I support the work of the Committee and the recommendation that the matter be taken up in the Thirty-fourth Parliament.