The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will hold an inquiry into the Agreement between the governments of Australia, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) for the Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information (ENNPI).
Committee Chair Mr Dave Sharma MP said, ‘This Agreement will allow Australia to access critical naval nuclear propulsion information from the United States and United Kingdom and allow the exchange of sensitive and classified naval nuclear propulsion information with a third country for the first time.’
‘It will help determine the optimal pathway for acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy, one of the most important strategic military capabilities for Australia in the decades ahead.’
The ENNPI Agreement will also provide a mechanism for Australian personnel to access training and education from the UK and US counterparts, necessary for learning how to safely build, operate and support nuclear-powered submarines.
The Committee is now accepting submissions and will hold a public hearing on Monday 29 November 2021.
Submissions to the inquiry are now open and close on Friday 26 November 2021.
The Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday 29 November 2021 at 11.15am AEDT. The program for the hearing will be made available online and the hearing will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.