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Tony Abbott needs to tread carefully on Iraq: Bandt

Parliament must debate and approve any Australian involvement beyond the humanitarian efforts in Iraq, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"The Greens support the humanitarian effort in Iraq, but we are very concerned the government has left the door open on troops."

"Tony Abbott shouldn't try and do a John Howard by slavishly following the United States into another folly in Iraq."

"Parliament is only two weeks away and any action by Tony Abbott in Iraq needs to be debated and approved."

 

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Tony Abbott’s Silence on Israel Deafening

Responding to the Israeli government's bombing of a school in Gaza described by the UN as 'criminal', Acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP, has urged Tony Abbott to do more to stop the conflict.

“Tony Abbott has condemned Hamas but has said virtually nothing about Israel’s third bombing of a school,” said Mr Bandt.

“Tony Abbott cannot stand idly by while the Israeli government bombs schools or while our ally, the US, re-arms the Israeli Defence Force.

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Abbott must pressure US to stop providing arms to Gaza conflict: Bandt

Responding to reports that the US has just approved the immediate transfer of grenades and mortar rounds to the Israeli armed forces, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt says Tony Abbott should pressure the United States over its continued arming of the Israeli government during the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

"Australia cannot stand idly by while its ally arms one side of the conflict in Gaza," said Mr Bandt.

"Any further temporary ceasefire is threatened if the US simply uses the time to rearm the more powerful side of the conflict."

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Greens Move To Give Parliament Authority To Deploy Troops

Parliament would need to authorise Australia sending troops to war under the Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2010 , introduced into the House of Representatives today by Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP.

“If media reports are accurate, ISIS is now closer to Baghdad and already some commentators are calling for military intervention,” said Mr Bandt.

“The prospect of Australian troops being sent to Iraq is again being discussed but the Australian parliament remains powerless over troop deployments.

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Parliament Should Approve Any Troop Deployment: Bandt

Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP today announced that the Greens will today give notice of a Bill in the House of Representatives requiring parliamentary approval of deploying Australian troops overseas.

“People will be seeing the atrocities occurring in Iraq and wondering how best we can assist, but military intervention won’t necessarily make things better,” said Mr Bandt.

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Parliament votes on Afghan pull out

The House of Representatives divided today on a Greens motion to set a date for the safe return of Australian troops from Afghanistan.  This is the first time the House of Representatives has voted on the deployment of troops in Afghanistan.

Liberal Mal Washer crossed the floor to call a division and vote for Mr Bandt's motion.

"This war has been going on for longer than the First and Second World War combined. It is time for our troops to come home," Mr Bandt said.

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Coalition votes against its own amendment and sells out Australian universities

The major parties have colluded to throw Australia's research sector into a bipartisan black hole, the Australian Greens said today after the Coalition voted to defeat its own key amendment to the Defence Trade Controls Treaty Bill.

"Tony Abbott's ‘just say no' madness now even extends to amendments moved by his own side. It looks like Mr Abbott got pulled into line by the US Government overnight," said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Bandt to bring on Afghanistan debate

Greens MP Adam Bandt will bring on a debate over Australia's deployment in Afghanistan in the House of Representatives.

"This latest atrocity in Afghanistan reinforces the need to bring our troops home," Mr Bandt said.

"The government needs to set a clear and unambiguous date for withdrawal of Australian forces."

Motion:

MR BANDT: To move-That this House calls on the Government to set a date for the safe return of Australian troops from Afghanistan.

 

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