Overwhelming support for war powers reform (Australians for War Power Reform Dec 2, 2020)

Dec 8, 2020

83.3% of Australians want Parliament to decide whether our troops are sent into armed conflict abroad, according to a nationwide Roy Morgan opinion poll released recently.

In the survey of 1052 people, only 16.7% said they favour the current system whereby The Prime Minister and the executive alone decide if Australia goes to war.

“Ordinary Australians want their local MPs and Senators to oversee this life and death decision, not just the Prime Minister and a few ministers behind closed doors,” said Paul Barratt AO, a former Secretary of Defence and President of Australians for War Powers Reform (AWPR).

“The disastrous Iraq conflict and the drawn out Afghanistan deployment have made people rethink how we as a nation view overseas wars. This survey result is an overwhelming demand for more oversight and transparency,” he said.

The poll found that support for reform is very strong across the political spectrum.

More than 75% of all Labor, Coalition and Greens voters believe that Parliamentary approval should be required before Australian troops are deployed.

Overall support for Parliamentary approval being required has jumped more than 6% since the last poll was undertaken in 2014.

Read the full release here.

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