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US retail stores and outlets on Australian bases

(QUESTION No. SQON 2735 - US retail stores and outlets)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 5 February 2013:
(a) whether negotiations are underway to allow United States of America (US) stores or outlets to sell retail products to US personnel stationed at Australian bases; and

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Greens renew call for Iraq War Inquiry on 10th anniversary of invasion

On the 10 year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the Australian Greens are calling again for an Inquiry into Australia's decision to participate in the Iraq War.

"There has never been an Inquiry into how and why the Howard Government decided to go to war in Iraq. Australians deserve to know the truth about the circumstances that led to our involvement, including the government's reliance on the lie of weapons of mass destruction," said Australian Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Submission to the 2013 Defence White Paper

Defence White Paper 2013

Russell Offices
Department of Defence
PO Box 7901

28 February 2013

Dear Minister Smith,

The Australian Greens objected to the fact that a community consultation process was not included in the initial planning process for the 2013 Defence White Paper. My 10 September 2012 motion to the Senate called on the government to consult more widely than industry groups and think tanks.

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Scrapping the Joint Strike Fighter

Senator Ludlam

I give notice that on Thursday 28 February I shall move that the Senate:


1. Prime Minister Howard signed an agreement on 11 June 2002 with Lockheed Martin with no public consultation or competitive tendering process for the purchase of up to 100 Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs);

2. Defence Minister Faulkner announced approval for the purchase of the first 14 JSFs on 25 November 2009 at a cost of around $3.2 billion, contractually committing to two;

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Cocos Islands & the United Nations

(Question No. 2002)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs upon notice on 9 August 2012:

(1) Will the Government honour the verbal undertakings that facilitated United Nations (UN) member states agreement by consensus to the 'Cocos' association with Australia', the outcome of the UN supervised act of self-determination.
(2) What standing in international law does the Government accord to verbal undertakings made by ambassadors and permanent representatives at the UN when those undertakings produce results sought in Australia's national interest.

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