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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16554

Mr Rudd asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 4 February 2003:

(1) What does the Government consider as grounds that could be used to justify under international law the use of a pre-emptive strike.

(2) Has the Government conducted any analysis in support of a change to international law so that a pre-emptive strike can be justified under the UN Charters provisions on self-defence; if so, what has been the content of that analysis.

Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Please refer to my response to your question without notice of 24 March 2003.