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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Page: 26054

Senator Brown asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 5 July 2004:

(1) Do bills currently before the United States of America House of Representatives (specifically, bills S 89 and HR 163) propose to reintroduce the military draft in 2005.

(2) Can the Minister guarantee that conscription will not be reintroduced in Australia.

(3) Has conscription been considered by the Minister or the department since 2002.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) It is not the practice of the Australian Government to interpret legislation currently being considered by foreign governments.

(2) The Australian Government does not intend to reintroduce conscription.

(3) No.