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Monday, 7 September 2009
Page: 5738


Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (3:43 PM) —I move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have been deployed in Afghanistan since 2001,

(ii)   the Minister for Defence (Senator Faulkner) recently announced a further increase in the number of Australian troops in that country, and

(iii)   there is speculation that the deployment of ADF personnel in Afghanistan may be extended for a further 5 years; and

(b)   calls on the Government to debate the options for Australian troops in Afghanistan, including their return to Australia.