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Notice given 8 October 2003

632  Senator Harradine: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is not directly accountable to the Australian people, yet determines many important policies that affect all Australians;

(b) reaffirms the primacy of Australian parliaments over consultative and coordinating bodies like COAG and rejects any attempts to impose COAG’s will on Australian parliaments; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government and the state and territory governments through COAG to provide greater transparency and accountability to the Australian people by:

(i) amending freedom of information legislation to cover COAG,

(ii) establishing a detailed and dedicated COAG website,

(iii) providing on the website transcripts of all meetings,

(iv) providing on the website agendas and notices of meetings, and

(v) providing on the website copies of papers considered at meetings.

On 15 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee

Report to be presented on the refusal of the Government to respond to the order of the Senate of 21 August 2002 for the production of documents relating to financial information concerning higher education institutions.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on an examination of the Government’s foreign and trade policy strategy.

On 16 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion