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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16558


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

(1) Did he state on 22 October 2002 that the Government's policy was one which required Australia to work intimately with the governments of the region, including Indonesia, against the common enemy of terrorism.

(2) Are regional governments such as Indonesia more or less likely to work with Australia against the common enemy of terrorism, now that the Government has announced a doctrine of pre-emption, whereby Australia in the future now contemplates the possibility of launching a military attack against the territory of Indonesia.


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

(1) Yes.

(2) The Government continues to work cooperatively with countries in the region, including Indonesia, to fight the threat posed by terrorist networks.