Senate debates

Monday, 18 March 2024


Afghanistan Inquiry Implementation Oversight Panel; Order for the Production of Documents

5:22 pm

Photo of Carol BrownCarol Brown (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) Share this | Hansard source

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

The government will not be supporting this motion. As the Deputy Prime Minister made clear in his letter dated 29 February that was provided to the Senate, the final report of the Afghanistan Inquiry Implementation Oversight Panel sought in this order was handed to the government in November 2023 and is currently under thorough consideration. The advice is clear that premature release of the report may potentially prejudice criminal proceedings relating to war crimes, and further consultations with other agencies, namely the Office of the Special Investigator, are required.


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