Letter to the new Parliament

Dear (Parliamentarian),

Report of The Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot Report)

Congratulations on your election to the 45th Federal Parliament.

I write in connection with the Report of The Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot Report), which was released on 6 July 2016. A one-page summary of the Report is enclosed.

In our view there are three key lessons for Australia in the outcome of this very thorough inquiry.

The first is that Australia needs to conduct an equivalent inquiry. The Chilcot Report has laid out a detailed account of how the UK came to undertake, for the first time since the Second World War, …

Launch: “How Does Australia Go To War?”


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

As concern spreads in Australia about what our latest military intervention in Iraq is for and where it will end, Australians for War Powers Reform (AWPR) is targeting MPs and Senators with a call to change the way our troops are sent to war.

All Federal parliamentarians will receive a book of short essays, “How Does Australia Go To War?”, on the political, military, legal and ethical implications of Australia’s current practice. It points out that in Australia – and in only a few other democracies – the prime minister can decide to commit …

Roy Morgan poll on going to war

We are told that our troops fight to preserve our democracy.  That democracy appears to be missing-in-action when the nation goes to war. Australians for War Powers Reform, a project of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry (Inc), commissioned a public opinion poll that was conducted by Roy Morgan in October 2014. The full results can be downloaded from our website, with the weighted results on page 5 being most representative.

The poll question, and results, were as follows:

It is not currently required that Parliament be consulted before Australian troops are sent into armed conflict abroad. Do