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17        Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Reference—Australia’s relations with France

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senator Kitching and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3—That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 13 August 2020:

Opportunities for strengthening Australia’s relations with the Republic of France, with particular reference to:

(a)              increasing bilateral trade and investment, including future growth areas for exports and imports, and opportunities in the mining industry;

(b)              enhancing political, security and defence cooperation, including through initiatives such as the Joint Statement of Enhanced Strategic Partnership between Australia and France signed in 2017, and the Strategic Partnering Agreement signed in 2018 for the Future Submarine Program;

(c)              options for enhancing strategic cooperation, including in the Indo-Pacific region and through multilateral fora;

(d)             Australian engagement with intergovernmental organisations headquartered in France including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO);

(e)              opportunities to build on shared historical and cultural values and promote tourism, with specific reference to Commonwealth War Graves, cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties; and

(f)               any related matters.

Question put and passed.