Bandt to force vote on Afghanistan
Greens MP Adam Bandt says he will move a motion to set a date for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan forcing a vote on the issue.
Mr Bandt says there have been numerous ministerial statements and debates on the issue, but it is now time for the Parliament to vote on setting a date for a safe withdrawal.
The Prime Minister will make a statement on Afghanistan today.
"We have had the debate. Now it is time to set a date for the safe return of our defence forces from Afghanistan."
"The Americans are bringing ten thousand troops home by Christmas and even the Afghan commander says it is time for us to leave."
This will be the first time the House of Representatives has voted on setting a date for the deployment to end.
The motion reads:
That this House calls on the government to set a date for the safe return of Australian troops from Afghanistan.