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Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Senator for South Australia

Media Release
14 September 2020

COVID-19 inquiry to examine defence and development issues

A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s defence, trade and international relations will conclude its program of public hearings with two days of hearings on the 15th and 16th of September. The first day will focus on international affairs, defence and maritime issues, while the second will focus on international development aid.

Senator the Hon David Fawcett, Chair of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, said that the pandemic has put great pressure on individual nations and international relationships as countries have struggled to contain the virus.

“The pandemic has highlighted some serious challenges in Australia’s defence and diplomatic environment and has put real pressure (both health and economic) on many countries in the Asia Pacific region” Senator Fawcett said.

“These hearings will help the Committee understand what we need to do better as a nation to work with others in our region to get through these difficult times, to protect our national interest, and to maximise our the positive impact of our international influence”.

Programs for each day’s hearings are available here.

Full terms of reference for the inquiry are on the Committee website.

Public hearing details

Date: Tuesday 15 September

Time: 9.30 – 3.30pm AEST
Location: By teleconference


Date: Wednesday 16 September

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm AEST

Location: By teleconference

The hearings will be audio streamed live at