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Thursday, 18 September 2003
Page: 20598

Mrs Irwin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

(1) Has the Government offered medical treatment in Australia for Iraqi civilians injured during the Iraq War.

(2) Has the Government received requests from any agencies to provide surgical or other treatment in Australia for Iraqi civilians.

(3) Have any Iraqi civilian victims been treated in Australia at Government expense.

(4) Does the Government have any program which would allow for the treatment in Australia of Iraqi civilians injured during the Iraq War.

Mr Andrews (Minister for Ageing) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) No.

(2) Yes. The Government was approached by the US military, with a request to provide medical treatment in Australia to one Iraqi civilian, who suffered serious burns while assisting the US military. The Government agreed to the request. However, the assessment of US medical authorities in Iraq was that his medical condition would have been adversely affected by a long flight, and they subsequently decided that due to his family circumstances he should be treated at a facility in the Middle East.

(3) No.

(4) No. Any further requests for such assistance would have to be considered on a case-by-case basis.