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Notice given 26 July 2006

2254  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel embedded with United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) military units in Iraq and in Afghanistan:

(1) How many ADF personnel are currently embedded with US and UK forces in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

(2) (a) What dissimilar cultural training is conducted by US and UK forces prior to deployment; and (b) do ADF embedded personnel undertake this training.

(3) Do these embedded personnel provide periodic reports to the ADF chain of command.

(4) Do these ADF personnel provide end of tour reports to the ADF chain of command.

(5) (a) How many ADF embedded personnel have been involved in US operations in or near Fallujah in the past 2 years; (b) what reporting have these embedded personnel provided to the ADF chain of command and Defence headquarters in Canberra; (c) has this reporting resulted in further ADF investigations; (d) was the Minister alerted to this reporting and/or the results of any investigations; and (e) has this reporting resulted in discussions with Allied commands.