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Parliament must debate whether to follow unpredictable Trump’s Afghanistan backflip

Australian Greens Defence spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, commented today on the worrying implications for Australia of Donald Trump’s backflip on Afghanistan.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “We can expect that in coming days Australia will, yet again, be asked to commit more troops and more resources to the longest running conflict in our nation’s history.  Already we can see our Government preparing to capitulate - Defence Minister Marise Payne has refused to rule out sending ADF personnel back into a combat role.

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Climate Change and national security inquiry

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 4 December 2017:

The implications of climate change for Australia’s national security with particular reference to:

(a) the threats and long-term risks posed by climate change to national security and international security, including those canvassed in the National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate Report by the United States Department of Defense;

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A Trumpian foreign policy budget

The 2017 Turnbull budget betrays this government’s deeply cynical and clumsy approach to our region and the rest of the world, the Australian Greens said today.

“We’re one of the richest nations on the planet, yet this government has decided for the fourth year in succession to further cut aid and development support to our poorest neighbours, and focus instead on increased funding for the military and enforcement at home,” Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs, Defence and Aid spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens welcome ADF transparency first step

The changes in reporting casualties in the Middle East announced by the ADF are a long overdue first step towards transparency, the Australian Greens said today.

Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Defence spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said, “the Greens have long called for greater transparency regarding ADF involvement in incidents where civilians are killed and wounded. The fortnightly reports on Australian strikes are a good first step.

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