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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16557


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

(1) In his meeting with ASEAN Heads of Mission on 5 December 2002, did he rule out the option of regional pre-emptive military action by Australia to security threats to Australians or did he leave the door open to the possibility that regional pre-emptive military action may be a possibility into the future.

(2) Given the diplomatic fallout, why did it take him four days to meet with the ASEAN Heads of Mission and explain the Governments new policy position.


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

(1) I addressed this issue in response to a Question Without Notice in the House from Mr Rudd on 5 December 2002.

(2) The meeting was well timed to discuss the relevant issues.