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Parliament must debate any military engagement in Iraq - Greens

With reports coming out of the United States of possible Australian military involvement in Iraq and Syria, Greens Leader Christine Milne says it is essential that any decision to deploy our military is brought to the parliament.

"It is essential that PM Abbott commits immediately to bring any debate about the deployment of Australian military to the parliament for debate," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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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.

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UK example shows need for Greens’ War Powers reform

The defeat of the British Prime Minister's motion on military intervention in Syria in the House of Commons and President Obama taking the matter to Congress highlights the importance of strengthening Australia's democracy - by making military action subject to a vote in parliament.

Greens spokesperson assisting on Defence, Senator Scott Ludlam, has a War Powers Bill in the Senate to shift the power to make war from the Cabinet to the Parliament.

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