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Mr Abbott and Mr Shorten must rule out third Iraq war – Greens Leader

Greens Leader Christine Milne has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to rule out sending Australian troops to Iraq for a third war.

"Unilateral military action is exactly how Iraq got into this mess in the first place," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Australia under John Howard blindly followed George W Bush into a very bloody conflict that was based on a lie. Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and thousands of coalition forces were killed. Killings and conflict continues to this day.

"We cannot fix the tragedies and conflicts of the middle east with more and more war. It is madness.

"The Greens are calling on Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten to rule out sending troops to Iraq for a third war. Australia needs to redouble efforts at the UN and through multi-lateral diplomatic actions to bring about a lasting peace in Iraq."


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