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Monday, 16 June 2003
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Mr Rudd asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 4 February 2003:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to the Prime Minister's statement on 1 December 2002 about the circumstances under which Australia would be justified in undertaking a pre-emptive military strike against the territory of a neighbouring state.

(2) Did he state on 8 December 2002 that the only circumstances under which Australia would contemplate a pre-emptive military strike against a neighbouring state was if that state was aiding and abetting terrorists.

(3) Which states around the world does he believe are currently aiding and abetting terrorists and which states therefore would justify consideration for the application of a pre-emptive military strike.

(4) Will the Government rule out once and for all the possibility of Australia launching a pre-emptive military strike against any of its neighbours in South East Asia.


Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows :

Please refer to my response to your question without notice of 24 March 2003.