Private Member’s Business – Monday 26 February 2024

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I move—That this House:

(1)          notes:

(a)          that February 2024 marks two years since Russia’s illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine;

(b)          the Ukrainian people continue to show strength, determination and courage in defending their land and resisting Russia’s unlawful invasion;

(c)           the decision in September 2023 of the Government to retire the MRH-90 Taipan helicopters following the loss of four lives during a training accident; and

(d)          the request of the Ukrainian Government in late 2023 for Australia to donate the MRH-90 Taipan helicopters to assist in its ongoing war efforts to defend their homeland.

(2)          expresses concern regarding the:

(a)          decision of the Government to bring forward its program of dismantling of the MRH-90 Taipan helicopters;

(b)          Government’s weak and too-little, too-late response to requests for assistance from the government of Ukraine; and

(c)           failure of the Government to maintain the former Government’s record of delivering a comprehensive package of support that established Australia as the largest non-NATO contributor to Ukraine; and

(3)          calls on the Government to demonstrate Australia’s continued support for Ukraine by urgently:

(a)          seeking advice from defence industry and NATO partners as to what support may be available to facilitate the refurbishment and operation of MRH-90 Taipan helicopters by Ukraine and reconsider the response to the government of Ukraine;

(b)          responding affirmatively to the Ukrainian request for thermal power to assist in power generation;

(c)           re-establishing Australia’s embassy in Kyiv; and

(d)          delivering a comprehensive strategy of support covering military, humanitarian and energy supplies.

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