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Notice given 15 November 2002

Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Cook): To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 14 May 2003:

An examination of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Government’s foreign and trade policy strategy, with particular reference to the forthcoming Foreign and Trade Policy White Paper, Advancing the National Interest .

(2) That, in examining this matter, the committee have regard to the following:

(a) the merits of new policy directions identified by Advancing the National Interest ;

(b) whether Advancing the National Interest meets its stated objective of best using Australia’s credentials and attributes to enhance Australia’s national interests;

(c) the strategy’s consistency with Australia’s international obligations; and

(d) the process for implementation.