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PM’s aggression dangerous for the nation - Milne

Christine Milne 21 Feb 2015

Reports that Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to unilaterally engage 3,500 Australian troops in a ground offensive in Iraq are a frightening insight into a leader whose solution to everything is more aggression. We urgently need to give the whole of parliament the final say on going to war, says Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"No one in their right mind would suggest something as reckless as Australia launching a unilateral ground invasion of Iraq, but reports suggest that our Prime Minister did just that," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Repat closure must not disrupt veterans services

Penny Wright 3 Feb 2015

Services to veterans must not be interrupted by the planned closure of the General Repatriation Hospital, says Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said the new centre of excellence must be fully operational before the Repat is closed, and consideration should be given to the cultural significance of the site for veterans.

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Take an extra minute this Remembrance Day

The Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has backed the call by Soldier On for everyone to observe an extra minutes silence tomorrow on Remembrance Day to honour those soldiers who have been severely affected by their service, and those who have been lost to suicide.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Traditionally, Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on those who lost their lives on the battlefield, particularly from wars long past. This is, and will always be, a key aspect of this day.

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No strategic plan, no national interest objective: PM Abbott commits Australia to US war in Iraq

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott has sent Australians to another war in Iraq with a claim that following the United States is in our national interest.

"The Greens stand with those Australians who are asking why is it in Australia's national interest to join in a another war in the Middle East without a clear strategic objective or risk assessment?" Senator Milne said.

"How will this war make us safer? Won't it make us a bigger terrorism target and a more attractive recruiting ground for jihadists?

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Greens say unity will combat terror in the Middle East and at home

Greens Leader Christine Milne has called on Australians to stand together against terrorism threats on home soil, saying unity, not war, will deliver lasting peace.

"The best way to keep Australians safe is to bring them together, not blindly follow the US into an unwinnable war in the Middle East," said Senator Milne.

"Are we going to another war in the Middle East because the terror alert has been raised, or the other way around?

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