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While the JSCOT process has provided increased transparency, it affords almost no opportunity to influence the content of treaties (since the treaties examined are already concluded by the time the JSCOT reviews them).
However, its rejection by JSCOT show that parliamentary scrutiny was able to give some weight to such considerations, albeit at the eleventh hour.
(89) JSCOT Report, above n 86, 99-101 [11.11], [11.20]-[11.21].
(171) The tabled treaty (and NIA) is then sent for scrutiny and review to JSCOT, a relatively large all-party committee comprised of nine members of the House of Representatives and seven members of the Senate, and supported by a small secretariat.
(138) Only three people sat on more than one of these committees: Senators George Brandis (SSCFTA, Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs), Andrew Bartlett (JSCOT, Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs) and Linda Kirk (JSCOT, Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs).
(106) Like the recommendations made by the JSCOT report, the recommendations of the Labor senators were not taken up by the Government.
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