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Notice given 14 February 2003

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1160-*1162)—With reference to Australia’s possible involvement in a war on Iraq:

(1) What steps have been taken to ensure that the estimated 10 000 to 100 000 archaeological and cultural sites in Iraq are protected from damage, Specifically, how do these steps apply to bombing and to activities of ground troops.

(2) Will Australian forces observe the 1954 Hague Convention.

(3) What information about the location, value and sensitivity of archaeological and cultural sites in Iraq has been provided to Australian forces.

(4) What plans are in place to protect archaeological and cultural sites from looting, illegal excavation or other damage after the conflict.

(5) Who is responsible for protecting archaeological and cultural sites during, and after, any war in which Australia is involved.

*1160 Minister representing the Prime Minister

*1161 Minister for Defence

*1162 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs