Smoldering houses in Kinma, central Myanmar, after military troops burned the village (Image: AP)

A bipartisan parliamentary committee has recommended the Australian government consider placing sanctions on senior members of Myanmar’s military following a devastating coup earlier this year.

Nearly 1000 people have been killed by security forces in the country since the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s military, took over in February. So far, Australia has resisted calls to follow other Western nations like the United States in imposing sanctions, drawing fierce criticism from human rights advocates and opposition politicians.

But this week’s report, from a subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, which is chaired by Liberal MP Dave Sharma, and includes members and senators from across the political divide, could place further pressure on the Morrison government to act.