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Greens call on Labor to help make sure Parliament votes on military deployments

As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne wants to give Parliament the authority to debate and vote on any military deployments, and is calling for Labor's support.

"Unlike many other democratic countries, Australia's military can be deployed overseas without any discussion or decision in the Parliament. This must change," said Senator Milne.

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Parliament must debate any military engagement in Iraq - Greens

With reports coming out of the United States of possible Australian military involvement in Iraq and Syria, Greens Leader Christine Milne says it is essential that any decision to deploy our military is brought to the parliament.

"It is essential that PM Abbott commits immediately to bring any debate about the deployment of Australian military to the parliament for debate," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Abbott Refuses Parliamentary Debate, Leaves Open Sending Combat Troops To Iraq: Bandt

In response to a question from Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP, Tony Abbott refused to rule out that he is planning to deploy troops to fight in Iraq and confirmed Parliament will have no chance to debate this matter of highest national importance.

“I asked the Prime Minister a straight question and he refused to rule out that plans are underway to deploy Australian combat troops to fight in Iraq," Mr Bandt said.

"The Prime Minister also confirmed that Parliament would have no chance to debate this matter of highest national importance.

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Tony Abbott needs to tread carefully on Iraq: Bandt

Parliament must debate and approve any Australian involvement beyond the humanitarian efforts in Iraq, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"The Greens support the humanitarian effort in Iraq, but we are very concerned the government has left the door open on troops."

"Tony Abbott shouldn't try and do a John Howard by slavishly following the United States into another folly in Iraq."

"Parliament is only two weeks away and any action by Tony Abbott in Iraq needs to be debated and approved."

 

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GREENS SCEPTICAL ON TERROR LAW PUSH

“If he’s serious about persuading Australians of the need for these new laws, Tony Abbott needs to release an exposure draft well before Parliament resumes at the end of August."

"Tony Abbott needs to make a convincing case for these changes. Trashing long-established legal norms, like the presumption of innocence, just because Tony Abbott says so isn’t good enough."

"The Greens will also insist upon extensive scrutiny by the Senate of these serious measures."

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TONY ABBOTT WIDENS SCOPE TO SPY ON AUSTRALIANS

Hours after announcing plans to spy on every Australian’s online activities to “fight terrorism”, Tony Abbott is now saying it could also be used to fight general crime.

“Tony Abbott needs to level with ‘Team Australia’: does he want to spy on Australians to fight terrorism, general crime or both? It seems national security is being used as a cover to treat every online Australian as a suspect,” said acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP.

“Without providing any detail to ‘Team Australia,’ Tony Abbott is already engaging in mission creep.

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Abbott must pressure US to stop providing arms to Gaza conflict: Bandt

Responding to reports that the US has just approved the immediate transfer of grenades and mortar rounds to the Israeli armed forces, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt says Tony Abbott should pressure the United States over its continued arming of the Israeli government during the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

"Australia cannot stand idly by while its ally arms one side of the conflict in Gaza," said Mr Bandt.

"Any further temporary ceasefire is threatened if the US simply uses the time to rearm the more powerful side of the conflict."

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