On 28 June 2012, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced that the Government had invited Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (Ret’d), the former chief of Australia’s defence force, to lead an Expert panel (the panel) to provide a report on the best way forward for Australia to prevent asylum seekers risking their lives on dangerous boat journeys to Australia. The full transcript of the announcement is available on the Prime Minister's website.
The panel also included Mr Paris Aristotle AM, the Director of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc (also known as Foundation House) and Professor Michael L'Estrange AO, the Director of the National Security College at the Australian National University.
The Terms of Reference for the panel are available on this site. The Panel was asked to provide advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship prior to the start of the following Parliamentary sitting period in August 2012.