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13       Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Reference—Funding for public research into foreign policy issues

Senator Urquhart, at the request of the Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Kitching) Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 June 2021:

The contribution of government funding for public research into current and emerging foreign policy issues affecting Australia, with a focus on our key interests in the Indo-Pacific, including examining:

(a)              current funding by Australian Government departments and agencies in this area;

(b)              the quality and diversity of publicly funded think tanks focused on foreign policy;

(c)              ways of enhancing greater public understanding of foreign policy issues;

(d)             how the Australian Government involves states, business, civil society, unions, universities, think tanks, diasporas and the wider community in developing and implementing foreign policy;

(e)              strategies the Australian Government should adopt to build the knowledge needed to support more effective future foreign policy; and

(f)               any related issues

Question put and passed.