Committee to Review Decision-Making in International Armed Conflicts

How Australia decides to send military personnel into an international armed conflict will be examined in a new parliamentary inquiry.

The inquiry was referred by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Hon Richard Marles MP, on September 28 to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade (JSCFADT) with the following terms of reference. The JSCFADT instructed the Defense Sub-Committee to undertake this investigation.

JSCFADT Chairman, MP Shayne Neumann, said: “One of the most significant powers given to the Executive Government is the decision to deploy Australian servicemen into armed conflict where they risk serious injury and death. This review does not, of course, alter the fact that Labor defense policy is based on the principle of Australian self-reliance and that the Australian government and armed forces must be able to defend Australia and its interests against threats credible in an unhindered dynamically changing geostrategic environment. by dissenting or short-term political opinions.

Commenting on the Inquiry, the Chairman of the Defense Sub-Committee, Mr Julian Hill, MP, noted that “the Government is committed to holding this Inquiry which provides the public and stakeholders with an opportunity to present evidence to the committee on possible improvements, including transparency and accountability, in the exercise of these powers.The Sub-Committee will consider whether current parliamentary processes are sufficient and, more importantly, whether there are any unintended security implications that any proposed policy change could result in and could compromise the safety and security of our Defense Force personnel.

“During the inquiry, it will be important to hear evidence of how other like-minded democracies and Westminster parliamentary systems around the world are engaging their citizens in conflict.”

The Committee invites submissions regarding the terms of reference for this inquiry by Friday, November 18, 2022.

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