Letter to the Attorney-General

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 5 July, 2014 | 2:10 am

In Reply on behalf of the Attorney-General I presented the text of a letter of 18 June received from Mr Paul O’Sullivan, Chief of Staff to the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC.

Below is the text of my reply:

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4 July 2014

Senator the Hon. George Brandis, QC Attorney-General Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Senator Brandis,

I refer to a letter of 18 June 2014 I have received from Mr Paul O’Sullivan, your Chief of Staff, writing on your behalf in response to my letter to you of 16 May.

In his letter Mr O’Sullivan states …

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Ramesh Thakur on the Chutzpah of the Iraq War Neocons and Fellow Travellers

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 25 June, 2014 | 2:02 am

On 25 June 2014 Professor Ramesh Thakur of the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy contributed a piece on the above subject to the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ online journal Australian Outlook.

He begins:

Two years ago, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu condemned the ‘immorality’ of the Iraq invasion: ‘in a consistent world, those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague’. Like the …

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Another intervention in Iraq?

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 15 June, 2014 | 2:02 am

The Prime Minister is expressing a willingness to have elements of the Australian Defence Force join with the United States in another intervention in Iraq – notwithstanding that neither the shape of that intervention nor its objective is known.

We would argue that the fact that we are considering going back into Iraq makes it all the more obvious that we need to learn the lessons from the previous invasion, the disastrous nature of which is not only almost universally acknowledged but demonstrated by the fact that some claim a need to go back in.

There should be no further …

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Reply on behalf of the Attorney-General

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 3 June, 2014 | 2:09 am

We recently received a reply to our 16 May letter to the Attorney-General, written on his behalf by his Chief of Staff, Mr Paul O’Sullivan.

The content of the two substantive paragraphs is highly contestable and we will provide our response in a later post.

For now, here is the text of Mr O’Sullivan’s letter:

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MC 14/09769 18 June 2014

Mr Paul Barratt Iraq War Inquiry Group PO Box 2228 MALVERN EAST VIC 3145

Dear Mr Paul Barratt

Thank you for your letter of 16 May 2014 to the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, on matters concerning …

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Follow-up letter to the Prime Minister

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 24 May, 2014 | 2:00 am

Note by Paul Barratt

Having received no answer to my 13 March 2014 letter to the Prime Minister, seeking the establishment of an independent inquiry into Australia’s involvement in the Iraq War, and a commitment from Australia’s elected representatives to reforming the so called ‘war powers’, on 16 May I sent a follow-up letter, the text of which appears below.

Standards of courtesy to citizens making representations to Government are certainly slipping. When I worked in his Department R.F.X. (‘Rex’) Connor, the Whitlam Government’s Minister for Minerals and Energy, much reviled and maligned by conservatives both then and now, set …

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Letter to the Commonwealth Attorney-General

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 17 May, 2014 | 1:58 am

Note by Paul Barratt

On 13 March I wrote to the Attorney-General in terms similar to my Letter to the Prime Minister, seeking the establishment of an independent inquiry into Australia’s involvement in the Iraq War, and a commitment from Australia’s elected representatives to reforming the so called ‘war powers’, i.e., the power to deploy elements of the Australian Defence Force into international armed conflict, which we would like to see relocated from the Executive to the Parliament.

In response to this I received a letter from the Minister for Defence who said that he was replying on behalf, …

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Reply to the Minister for Defence

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 15 May, 2014 | 1:57 am

Note by Paul Barratt

On 13 May 2014 I wrote to the Minister for Defence in response to his 23 April reply to my letter of 13 March (see Reply from the Minister for Defence).

The text of my letter appears below:

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Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry Inc PO Box 2228 Malvern East Vic 3145

13 May 2014

Senator the Hon. David Johnston Minister for Defence Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Senator Johnston,

Thank you for your letter of 23 April 2014, on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss MP; the Minister for …

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Andrew Farran to the Minister for Foreign Affairs

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 12 May, 2014 | 1:56 am

On 28 April CIWI’s Treasurer, former diplomat and international law academic Andrew Farran, sent the following letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs:

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The Hon. Julie Bishop, MP Minister for Foreign Affairs P.O. Box 6022 House of Representatives Parliament House CANBERRA A.C.T. 2600

April 28, 2014

Dear Minister Bishop,

I heard your address at Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day and was impressed by its sincerity. War, of course, is a serious business. Even more serious is the decision-making process for getting into war in the first place.

WW1 and WW2 speak for themselves, both in the historical context, and that …

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Reply from the Minister for Defence

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 8 May, 2014 | 1:53 am

Note by Paul Barratt

On 13 March 2014 I wrote to the Minister for Defence, in terms similar to my Letter to the Prime Minister, seeking the establishment of an independent inquiry into Australia’s involvement in the Iraq War, and a commitment from Australia’s elected representatives to reforming the so called ‘war powers’, i.e., the power to deploy elements of the Australian Defence Force into international armed conflict, which we would like to see relocated from the Executive to the Parliament.

I have now received his reply, the text of which is reproduced below.

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Mr Paul Barratt AO …

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Letter to Minister for Finance

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 1 May, 2014 | 1:50 am

Note by Paul Barratt

On 13 March 2014 I wrote to the Minister for Finance, in similar terms to my Letter to the Prime Minister, seeking the establishment of an independent inquiry into Australia’s involvement in the Iraq War, and a commitment from Australia’s elected representatives to reforming the so called ‘war powers’, i.e., the power to deploy elements of the Australian Defence Force into international armed conflict, which we would like to see relocated from the Executive to the Parliament.

Some time later I received a rather unsatisfactory reply on his behalf from an officer of his Department. …

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