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Notice given 26 July 2006

2252  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to military training assistance to the Iraqi Defence Forces:

(1) Can a list be provided of the module and component parts of the military training packages currently being used to assist the Iraqi: (a) Army; (b) Navy; and (c) Air Force, highlighting the following for each service:

(i) packages for individual training,

(ii) packages for sub-unit and unit collective training,

(iii) the major training objectives for each of the packages for each service,

(iv) subject matter to be covered in individual training packages for each service,

(v) subject matter to be covered in sub-unit and unit training packages for each service,

(vi) duration of modules and/or components of the above packages for each service, and

(vii) number of instructors used for each of the packages for each service.

(2) Are all of the training packages conducted in English.

(3) (a) How were the military training packages developed; and (b) were they duplications of Australian Defence Force packages or separately developed to reflect Iraqi military requirements.

(4) If the packages were separately developed, how was this done.

(5) Who approved the training packages, both within: (a) the Australian system; and (b) the Iraqi system.

(6) Was the Minister involved in the Australian approval process; if so, what was his role.

 

 (7) Are these training packages different from the training packages in use in Iraq, sponsored by the United States or the United Kingdom.

(8) How much time is included for ethical training of Iraqi servicemen.

(9) For each service package, how much training time is allotted to the teaching of:

(a) civil/military relations;

(b) aid to the civil power; and

(c) international and Geneva Conventions, such as:

i. Declaration Respecting Maritime Law (Certain Regulations for Sea Warfare), 1856

ii. Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field, 1864

iii. International Conventions for Adapting to Maritime Warfare the Principles of The Geneva Convention of 1864, 1899

iv. International Convention Concerning the Law and Customs of War on Land [Hague IV], 1907

v. International Conventions Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, 1929

vi. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 1948

vii. Geneva Convention III: Treatment of Prisoners of War 1949

ix. United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 1984.

2253  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to military training for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel before deployment to Iraq and to Afghanistan:

(1) What compulsory training courses did ADF personnel undertake prior to deployment to Iraq and to Afghanistan.

(2) What refresher training is undertaken for ADF personnel prior to deployment to Iraq and to Afghanistan.

(3) Of the pre-deployment training, how much time is allocated to: (a) dissimilar cultures, in particular the history and culture of Iraq and Afghanistan, their peoples and religions; and (b) Australian obligations under international and Geneva Conventions.

2254  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel embedded with United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) military units in Iraq and in Afghanistan:

(1) How many ADF personnel are currently embedded with US and UK forces in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

(2) (a) What dissimilar cultural training is conducted by US and UK forces prior to deployment; and (b) do ADF embedded personnel undertake this training.

(3) Do these embedded personnel provide periodic reports to the ADF chain of command.

(4) Do these ADF personnel provide end of tour reports to the ADF chain of command.

 

 (5) (a) How many ADF embedded personnel have been involved in US operations in or near Fallujah in the past 2 years; (b) what reporting have these embedded personnel provided to the ADF chain of command and Defence headquarters in Canberra; (c) has this reporting resulted in further ADF investigations; (d) was the Minister alerted to this reporting and/or the results of any investigations; and (e) has this reporting resulted in discussions with Allied commands.

2255  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists in Iraq and Afghanistan: By year, how many ADF reservists have been deployed to: (a) Iraq; and (b) Afghanistan.

2256  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations near or in Fallujah:

(1) Have ADF sub-units, task groups or patrols participated in operations in or near Fallujah in conjunction with United States (US) forces; if so, when and under what operational constraints.

(2) Were after-action reports produced and submitted to the ADF chain of command; if so, were any investigations carried out as a result of these reports.

(3) If follow-up investigations were carried out, were the results notified to Defence headquarters in Canberra, and subsequently to the Minister.

2258  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the issuing of single voyage permits under the Navigation Act:

(1) How many ships, for each year since 2004, have traded on the Australian coast under a single voyage permit (SVP).

(2) What type of SVP was issued (routine, urgent or any other, for example amended).

(3) What was the permit number.

(4) What date was the SVP approved.

(5) What was the name and flag of the vessel.

(6) What was the cargo type.

(7) Who was the shipper.

(8) What was the port of loading.

(9) What was the port of discharge.

(10) What was the estimated sailing date.

(11) (a) What was the estimated tonnage (dry bulk); (b) estimated metric tonnes (liquid bulk); and (c) TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit containers).