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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.