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The References Committee inquires into and reports on various general matters referred to it by the Senate. Portfolios allocated to the committee since 2009 include defence, veterans' affairs, foreign affairs and trade.

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Chairs

Russell Brunell Trood

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Helen Evelyn Kroger

vicLIB

Alan Eggleston

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Ursula Mary Stephens

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Alexander McEachian Gallacher

saALP

Alexander McEachian Gallacher

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Kimberley Kitching

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Committee timeline – The Constant Battle: Suicide by Veterans

Reports

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Interim report - Economic and security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific (presented out of session on 27 May 2009)
Economic challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific - Volume IParliamentary paper number 317/2009
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Interim Report: Security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific (presented out of session on 21 December 2009)
Security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific - Volume IIParliamentary paper number 58/2010
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Report on Parliamentary Privilege - Possible interference in the work of the committee, Inquiry into matters relating to events on HMAS SuccessParliamentary paper number 69/2010
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Interim Report: Equity and diversity health check in the Royal Australian Navy—HMAS SuccessParliamentary paper number 68/2010
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Second Interim Report: Equity and diversity health checks in the Royal Australian Navy - HMAS Success (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)
Interim Report: The administration and management of matters relating to Australia's northern air, sea and land approaches in the region of the Torres Strait (presented out of session on 20 August 2010)
References of the 42nd Parliament (re-adoption of the inquiry into: Australia's administration and management of the Torres Strait; Equity and diversity health checks in the Royal Australian Navy)
The Torres Strait: Bridge and Border (presented out of session on 26 November 2010)Parliamentary paper number 3/2011

Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade References Committee on the Island of Saibai, 23 March 2010. L-R: Senators Alan Ferguson, Mark Bishop, Helen Kroger, Sue Boyce and Russell Trood.

Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade References Committee on the Island of Saibai, 23 March 2010. L-R: Senators Mark Bishop, Helen Kroger and Russell Trood.

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Interim report: Inquiry into the Department of Defence's request for tender for aviation contracts and associated issues (presented out of session on 27 April 2011)
Part I: Incidents onboard HMAS Success between March and May 2009 and subsequent eventsParliamentary paper number 81/2011
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Defence's request for tender for aviation contractsParliamentary paper number 205/2011
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Part II: Incidents onboard HMAS Success between March and May 2009 and subsequent eventsParliamentary paper number 220/2011
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Held Hostage: Government's response to kidnapping of Australian citizens overseasParliamentary paper number 442/2011
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Interim report: Procurement procedures for Defence capital projects (presented out of session on 30 November 2011)
Preliminary report: Procurement procedures for Defence capital projects (presented out of session on 15 December 2011)Parliamentary paper number 2/2012
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Final report: Procurement procedures for Defence capital projects (presented out of session on 30 August 2012)Parliamentary paper number 253/2012

Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade References Committee members Senators David Fawcett, Alan Eggleston, Ursula Stephens and Mark Bishop, 4 March 2012.

Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade References Committee members Senators David Fawcett, Mark Bishop, Ursula Stephens and Alan Eggleston and others, 6 March 2012.

Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade References Committee members Senators Gary Humphries, Alan Eggleston, Ursula Stephens, David Fawcett and Mark Bishop, 7 March 2012.

Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade References Committee, 8 March 2012.

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Australia's overseas development programs in AfghanistanParliamentary paper number 118/2013
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Importance of the Indian Ocean rim for Australia's foreign, trade and defence policy (presented out of session on 14 June 2013)Parliamentary paper number 199/2013

Members of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee with officers from local councils in the Pilbara region, Karratha, WA, 21 April 2013. L-R: John Verbeek, John Lally, Senator David Fawcett, Councillor Bill Dziombak, Senator Helen Kroger, Senator Alan Eggleston [Chair], Tony Friday, Senator Mark Bishop and David Parker.

Committee members Senator Alan Eggleston [Chair] (left) and Senator David Fawcett (second from right) speaking with officers from the Pilbara Regiment in Karratha, WA, 23 April 2013.

Committee member Senator Helen Kroger speaking with a Rio Tinto employee about the operations of its iron ore export site at Dampier Port, 23 April 2013.

Committee members inspecting trains delivering iron ore extracted from mines in the Pilbara region to the Rio Tinto site at Dampier, 23 April 2013.

Committee chair Senator Alan Eggleston inspecting the Port Hedland Port Authority Control Tower with the Port Authority's landside operations manager Jon Giles (right) and Port Hedland councillor Bill Dziombak, 24 April 2013.

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Report of the DLA Piper Review and the government's responseParliamentary paper number 220/2013
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Australia's overseas aid and development assistance programParliamentary paper number 58/2014
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Breaches of Indonesian territorial watersParliamentary paper number 57/2014
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Korea-Australia Free Trade AgreementParliamentary paper number 190/2014
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Australia's future activities and responsibilities in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic watersParliamentary paper number 325/2014
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Processes to support victims of abuse in Defence (presented out of session on 31 October 2014)Parliamentary paper number 401/2014
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Blind agreement: reforming Australia's treaty-making processParliamentary paper number 192/2015
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Use of unmanned air, maritime and land platforms by the Australian Defence ForceParliamentary paper number 194/2015
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China-Australia Free Trade AgreementParliamentary paper number 433/2015
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Australia’s relationship with MexicoParliamentary paper number 477/2015
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Firefighting foam contamination: Part A - RAAF Base WilliamtownParliamentary paper number 18/2016
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Mental health of Australian Defence Force members and veteransParliamentary paper number 93/2016
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Capability of Defence's physical science and engineering workforce (presented out of session on 1 April 2016)Parliamentary paper number 151/2016
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Interim report: Operations of Defence Housing Australia (presented out of session on 22 April 2016)
Partial suspension of sanctions against IranParliamentary paper number 186/2016
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Delivery and effectiveness of Australia's bilateral aid program in Papua New GuineaParliamentary paper number 184/2016
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Firefighting foam contamination: Part B – Army Aviation Centre Oakey and other Commonwealth, state and territory sitesParliamentary paper number 185/2016
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Planned acquisition of the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter)Parliamentary paper number 260/2016
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Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) AgreementParliamentary paper number 4/2017
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Operation of the Australian Defence Force’s resistance to interrogation trainingParliamentary paper number 66/2017
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Department of Defence's management of credit and other transaction cardsParliamentary paper number 146/2017
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Matters raised by NSW Police Strike Force CIVETParliamentary paper number 216/2017
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First interim report: Impact of Defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communitiesParliamentary paper number 235/2017
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The constant battle: suicide by veteransParliamentary paper number 238/2017

Video [duration 1:18]—Amanda Rishworth MP, second reading speech for the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 2) Bill 2018, 31 May 2018.

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Second interim report: Impact of Defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communitiesParliamentary paper number 301/2017
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Third interim report: Impact of Defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communitiesParliamentary paper number 449/2017
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Fourth interim report: Impact of Defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communitiesParliamentary paper number 23/2018
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Progress report: Implications of climate change for Australia’s national security (presented out of session on 17 April 2018)
Implications of climate change for Australia’s national security (presented out of session on 17 May 2018)Parliamentary paper number 150/2018
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Final report: Impact of Defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communities (presented out of session on 11 May 2018)Parliamentary paper number 164/2018
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Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of AfricaParliamentary paper number 202/2018
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Proposed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific PartnershipParliamentary paper number 291/2018
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Use of the Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence ForceParliamentary paper number 586/2018
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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)Parliamentary paper number 68/2019

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee hearing attended by 70 students from Forrest Primary School, 26 November 2018.

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Australia’s declarations made under certain international lawsParliamentary paper number 54/2020
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