MEDIA RELEASE: Julie Bishop has Serious Questions to Answer Over Embassy Security Debacle, Saturday 2 January 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

JULIE BISHOP HAS SERIOUS QUESTIONS TO ANSWER OVER EMBASSY SECURITY DEBACLE

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, must front up immediately to answer serious questions about the arrangements she has in place for the safety of Australian personnel at our embassies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is reported that security personnel, responsible for protecting the Australian embassy in Baghdad and its staff, have "anxiety about lax security protocols, inferior equipment and being 'strong armed' into signing the new contracts."

Questions have also being asked about whether proper background checks are being carried out on security personnel before they are allowed to start work at the embassy.

Similar concerns have been raised about the security of the Australian embassy in Kabul. 

After days now of such serious revelations, it's time the Foreign Minister explained herself. 

The most important duty of a government is to keep its citizens safe, and that includes Australian personnel working in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of the most dangerous places in the world.