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Notice given 25 March 2003

Senator Brown: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by 15 May 2003:

(a) the legality of the Government’s deployment of troops to Iraq;

(b) the likely implications for international law of this action;

(c) the constitutional changes necessary to ensure parliamentary consent for such deployments of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel;

(d) the other mechanisms that could be used to require parliamentary consent for deployment of ADF personnel to hostilities overseas, such as changes to the Defence Act, as contained in the Defence Amendment (Parliamentary approval for Australian involvement in overseas conflict) Bill 2003 or the various other Defence amendment bills introduced by Australian Democrats senators since 1985; and

(e) whether such legislative or constitutional changes are desirable.

Notice of motion altered on 26 March 2003 pursuant to standing order 77.