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Monday, 29 February 2016
Page: 1311


Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania) (15:41): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 2 standing in my name for today proposing a reference to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee relating to the Australian Defence Force's resistance to interrogation training program in the terms circulated in the chamber before asking that it be taken as a formal motion.

Leave granted.

Senator LAMBIE: I move the motion as amended:

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 10 May 2016:

The operation of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) resistance to interrogation (RTI) training, with particular reference to:

(a)   what training methods are used;

(b)   whether these training methods are in accordance with Australia’s international obligations and Australian domestic laws;

(c)   the effectiveness of existing ADF supervisory control measures;

(d)   the ongoing mental health and wellbeing of personnel who have participated in RTI training; and

(e)   the matters raised in questions to Lieutenant General Campbell during the 2015-16 additional estimates.

(2)   That the Senate:

(a)   notes that Lieutenant General Campbell acknowledged during estimates questioning that video and other electronic records were made by the ADF of RTI training; and

(b)   calls on the Minister for Defence (Senator Payne) to provide the committee, under special circumstances which protect serving and former ADF personnel identities and operational security, with all recordings made by the ADF of RTI training by 15 March 2016 to assist the committee with the inquiry.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that business of the Senate notice of motion No. 2, as amended, be agreed to.