Inquiry into the duties of Australian personnel in Iraq

Inquiry into the duties of Australian personnel in Iraq

Duties of Australian Personnel in Iraq

On 8 March 2005, the following matters were referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 21 June 2005:

(a) whether any Australian personnel (including employees, contractors and consultants) were present, or had duties which included being present, during any interrogations or interviews (however defined) of persons detained in relation to the war in Iraq, and in particular those persons suspected of having knowledge of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction;

(b) whether any knowledge of, or concerns regarding, the treatment of those Iraqi detainees was provided to Australian Government departments, agencies and ministers, and what actions resulted from the provision of this information;

(c) whether the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) were able to report frankly and fearlessly on what they had found, or whether attempts were made to censor or otherwise distort their findings; and

(d) whether any Australian personnel provided information or concerns to any part of the Australian Government relating to concerns about the functions or reports of the ISG, and what actions resulted from the provision of this information.

The Committee is calling for submissions to be lodged by 8 April 2005. The Committee is to report by 21 June 2005. For the full terms of reference and further information visit, phone (02)62773535 or e-mail

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