Greens Leader Bob Brown today called for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to emulate US President Barack Obama's plan for an early withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"President Obama plans to remove 10,000 troops by the end of this year, and a total of 33,000 by September next year. Australia should follow the lead of the United States, Canada and the Netherlands and bring our 1,500 troops home from Afghanistan this year," Senator Brown said.
"A Galaxy poll has shown that most Australians want our troops brought home from Afghanistan. The level of opposition is higher than during the Vietnam War."
"Australia's troops should be safely home for Christmas," Senator Brown said.