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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Page: 26013

Senator BROWN (3:38 PM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and its ministerial councils are increasingly being used as decision-making forums, reaching binding formal agreements which bypass effective parliamentary and public scrutiny;

(b) considers that this device undermines the authority of parliament; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) hold COAG and ministerial council meetings in open session, and

(ii) submit binding agreements of COAG and ministerial councils to parliament for ratification before implementation.

Question put.