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Joint Strike Fighter Inquiry establishment a victory for democracy over special interests

Greens spokesperson for Defence, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes the support of the Senate to establish an Inquiry into Australia’s procurement of the $24 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Despite heavy lobbying of the cross-bench by the world’s largest arms manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, the Senate today voted to establish an Inquiry into Australia’s $24 billion procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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"Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations" should be reviewed in light of Woolworths debacle

The Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes the intervention by the Minister Michael Ronaldson in Woolworths’ misuse of the word Anzac, but says more needs to be done to prevent the commercialisation of the Anzac commemoration.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Anzac commemoration means many things to many people, but what it should never become is a crass commercial opportunity where companies try to leverage an association for their brand.

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Greens honour service of ADF in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens today join the community in honouring the service of the men and women who served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper and welcome them home.

"Around Australia today people have come together to say thank you to all those who put their lives on the line in Afghanistan, and to honour their service, and I join them," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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PM’s aggression dangerous for the nation - Milne

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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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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