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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16556

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

(1) Is the Government's position in support of the creation of the new area of international law in favour of military pre-emption as expressed by the new Howard doctrine on regional pre-emptive military action, valid for Australia and is it also applicable for other countries to apply it in the region.

(2) What consideration has the Government given to the application of the new Howard doctrine on regional pre-emptive military action by other countries in the South East Asian region.

(3) Would the Government support pre-emptive use of military force by Indonesia's Special Forces, Kopassus, against organisations seeking independence such as the Free Papua Movement (OPM) and their support networks based on Australian soil.

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.