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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Letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs.

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 29 April, 2014 | 1:49 am

Note by Paul Barratt

On 13 March 2014 I wrote to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, 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 her behalf from an officer of her Department, …

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Letter to Foreign Minister: DFAT Reply

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 28 April, 2014 | 1:48 am

Note from Paul Barratt

On 13 March 2014 I wrote to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, 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 (undated) on her behalf from an officer of her …

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Letter to the Prime Minister, 13 March

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 23 March, 2014 | 1:47 am

Below is the text of a letter sent to the Prime Minister on 13 March 2013, a few days ahead of the eleventh anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

Similar letters were sent to all Members and Senators in the Federal Parliament.

We will keep you posted on any substantive replies we receive.

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13 March 2014

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP

Prime Minister of Australia

Parliament House

CANBERRA ACT 2001

Dear Mr Abbott,

As we approach another anniversary of the 20 March 2003 invasion of Iraq I write to express my concern that, eleven years after Australia participated …

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