Unfolding events in Iraq

Media statement
08 Jan 2020
Prime Minister

The Government is closely monitoring the unfolding events in Iraq.

The Prime Minister, Chief of the Defence Force and Ministers for Defence and Foreign Affairs are in frequent contact.

The Prime Minister has directed the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) to take whatever actions are necessary to protect and defend our ADF and diplomatic personnel and keep Australians safe.

The Prime Minister has contacted the Leader of the Opposition to brief him on the current situation.

The National Security Committee of the Cabinet has been meeting to review this situation and take decisions as necessary since Saturday, is already scheduled to meet again for this purpose on Thursday and will be convened sooner should further information be confirmed requiring such a response, and will be done so in consultation with the CDF.