Tag Archives: war powers

ALLAN PATIENCE. Chilcot and Australia.

  The Report of the Chilcot Enquiry into the UK’s entry to the Iraq War in 2003 is deeply disturbing. It documents a litany of catastrophic intelligence failures and ill-informed and unsubtle decision-making by Tony Blair and his senior advisors … Continue reading

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GARRY WOODARD. Chilcot and Australia

Tony Blair is the most flamboyant and contentious of the trio who took the coalition of the willing into war in Iraq. Attention focuses on what the Chilcot enquiry has concluded about his role, and equally importantly on what are … Continue reading

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PAUL BARRATT. Attorney-General’s move to control access to Solicitor-General

On 4 May 2016, the last sitting day before Parliament rose for the forthcoming election, Attorney-General Senator Brandis tabled new guidelines in the Senate which ruled that no one in government, including the Prime Minister, could seek the Solicitor-General’s advice without getting … Continue reading

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ALISON BROINOWSKI. The silence is deafening.

We learn belatedly that Prime Minister Abbott tried to persuade the Army to send to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, were more like 3000, a full brigade!  In this long election campaign, the major parties are debating anything and … Continue reading

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Alison Broinowski. Who decides when we go to war?

 Setbacks for democratic reform of war powers. Having taken one step forward, Australia’s major allies have now taken two steps back from reform of their war powers. In the UK, the Defence Minister has set aside years of bipartisan promises … Continue reading

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Gabrielle Appleby. What say do our elected representatives have in going to war?

The authorisation of military force is one of the most serious and consequential powers that governments possess. This power should be exercised with appropriate caution and, where circumstances allow, considered deliberation. Governments should be publicly accountable for its exercise. Across … Continue reading

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