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PM Abbott should level with Aussie troops

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott should level with the men and women of Australia's Defence Force when he farewells them tomorrow on an open-ended mission to Iraq.

"When you ask young men and women to put their lives on the line, you should be honest enough to tell them that you're committing them to war," said Senator Milne.

"This has been mission creep from the start. Australia is getting itself into an open-ended war.

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Abbott government writes blank cheque to US

Greens Leader Christine Milne says Australia is witnessing mission creep in action, as the Foreign Minister says 'no boots on the ground,' but commits to joining an expanded military engagement in Iraq as soon as a formal request is made.

"Julie Bishop has written a blank cheque, telling the US it only needs to say the word and Australia will join in. But join in what?

"How long will military engagement in Iraq go on? What is the objective? Do we have any hope of achieving it?

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Abbott govt, Labor & Palmer Party deny parliament a vote on going to war

The Abbott government, Labor opposition and Palmer Party have voted down the Greens bill to require that any decision to go to war be made by the parliament as a whole, not just by the executive.

"The Australian people, through the entire Australian Parliament, deserve a say in whether we go to war but Tony Abbott, Clive Palmer and the Labor party disagree," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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