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Notice given 12 January 2007

2959  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the decision by the President of the United States of America (US), George W Bush, to send an additional 21 500 troops to Iraq and the Prime Minister’s public response on 11 January 2006:

(1) To what was the Prime Minister referring when he said that Australia would support the move.

(2) What evidence did Mr Bush provide to the Prime Minister that indicated that these additional troops would achieve victory in the fight against terrorism.

(3) What were the consequences for the stability of the Middle East to which the Prime Minister was referring.

(4) Can the Prime Minister guarantee that there will be no impact on Australian troops as a result of this escalation in the deployment of US Armed Forces.

(5) Why did the Prime Minister not rule out sending more Australian forces to Iraq.

(6) What are the conditions necessary for a decision to be made to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq.