SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

8 January 2020

SAFETY OF OUR ADF AND DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL IN IRAQ

Labor notes the worrying reports of events currently unfolding in Iraq.

These attacks are deeply concerning and we continue to call on all sides to exercise restraint.

Labor will be seeking briefings, including on the safety of our ADF members and diplomatic staff who are operating in the Middle East.

Tomorrow, Labor’s Shadow National Security Committee will meet to discuss the situation in the region.

Whilst these tensions are ongoing it is essential that the Government takes all steps necessary to maximise the safety and security of all deployed Australian personnel.

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.