Media

AWPR in the Media

17.05.17 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | More troops to Afghanistan: at best a patch job; at worst perpetuating futility | Andrew Farran

26.04.17 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | What Australian foreign policy? | Alison Broinowski

25.04.17 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | The Australians War Memorial and weapons manufacturers | Sue Wareham

25.04.17 | Echo Net Daily | Alternative Anzac service promotes peace | Chris Dobney

06.04.17 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | How independent is the Australian Strategic Policy Institute? | Sue Wareham

10.03.17 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | Howard’s war – a continuation of politics by other means | Paul Barratt

11.10.16 | ABC Online | Victorian man to walk to Parliament with legislation that changes the way Australia goes to war | Larissa Romensky

27.08.16 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | Would war powers reform really leave national security in the hands of the minority parties? | Paul Barratt

01.08.16 | Arena | Lessons from Chilcot: Understanding the Iraq invasion and reforming Australia’s war powers | Paul Barratt

22.07.16 | New Eastern Outlook | The Case for an Australian Iraq War Inquiry is Compelling | James O’Neill

14.07.16 | Policy Forum | Iraq, Chilcot, and questions for Australia | Ramesh Thakur

13.07.16 | Croakey | Chilcot: the costs of war and silence | Sue Wareham

13.07.16 | Independent Australia | Life After Chilcot | Alison Broinowski

12.07.16 | The Lowy Interpreter | Chilcot: Intelligence, policy and war | Allan Behm

12.07.16 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | Faulty intelligence, or a war pre-ordained? | Paul Barratt

09.07.16 | Independent Australia | Chilcot Report shows Blair and Howard were simply Bush’s lapdogs | Alison Broinowski

08.07.16 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | Bush’s Poodles | Alison Broinowski

08.07.16 | Sputnik International | Iraq War Contibuted to Rise of Terrorism – Australia Ex-Defence Secretary | Sputnik News

14.06.16 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | The silence is deafening: review of James Brown’s Quarterly Essay | Alison Broinowski

04.05.16 | John Menadue: Pearls and Irritations | Who decides when we go to war? | Alison Broinowski

November 2014 | The Monthly | One man, one vote | Judith Brett

October 2014 | Arena | Here We Go Again | Paul Barratt

April 2015 | Tony Abbott’s Iraq Adventure | Paul Barratt

23.09.14 | Australian Institute for International Affairs | Taking the Fight to ISIL | Ramesh Thakur

May 2014 | Global Change, Peace & Security Journal | Vol 26, #3, 2014 | The case for an Iraq War inquiry in Australia | Paul Barratt

22.02.14 | The Spectator | Don’t mention the war | Richard and Alison Broinowski

01.04.13 | The Nation | The Iraq Invasion, Ten Years Later | Jonathan Schell

18.03.13 | Informed Comment | What We Lost: Top Ten Ways the Iraq War Harmed the US | Juan Cole

16.08.12 | The Conversation | Why supporters of ANZUS should support an Australian Inquiry into Iraq | Charles Sampford

26.08.16 | ABC | Lateline: MPs and former military chiefs push to broaden war powers beyond PM, Cabinet | Featuring Paul Barratt

05.07.16 | ABC | Foreign Correspondent: The Reckoning | Featuring Kellie Merritt

19.10.15 | ABC | Alison Broinowski on Q&A

19.03.13 | ABC24 | Interview with Paul Barratt

16.08.12 | Sky News TV | Short interview with Paul Barratt

16.08.12 | Sky News | Interview with Malcolm Fraser

16.08.12 | ABC 24 News Breakfast | Interview with Malcolm Fraser

16.08.12 | ABC TV | Jim Middleton’s Newsline with Paul Barratt (first screened 15.08.12 in Asia only)

05.03.17 | ABC Sunday Extra | The world’s shifting, so what should Australia’s foreign policy look like in 2017? | Alison Broinowski

12.12.16 | ABC World Today | Intl relations experts urge Government to focus on Indo-Pacific in post Trump transition | Paul Barratt

29.09.16 | ABC Between the Lines | Iraq Inquiry?

07.07.16 | The Wire | Chilcot Report prompts calls for for Australian Iraq War Review

21.03.15 | ABC Brisbane Mornings | Iraq War: reflecting on peace on 13th anniversary

08.09.15 | The Wire | Letter to the PM: Parliament should get a vote on any Syria bombing

29.10.14 | ABC Radio National Breakfast | Former Defence chief Paul Barratt calls for war powers reform

17.06.14 | RRR Radio, Melbourne | Paul Barratt on Spoke

11.05.14 | RTR FM, Perth | Alison Broinowski on the Australians for War Powers Reform Initiative

14.04.13 | ABC Outsiders | On Howard’s Iraq speech featuring Paul Barratt

18.03.13 | ABC World Today | Call for Iraq War Inquiry

16.08.12 | Triple J The Hack |  Extended story – Paul Barratt and others

16.08.12 | ABC News Radio around lunchtime Donna Mulhearn live-to-air interview

16.08.12 | SBS Radio | Interview with Paul Barratt (plus Malcolm Fraser and Senator Ludlam excerpts from launch)

16.08.12 | ABC Radio Australia | News story (quotes Fraser, Barratt and Downer)

16.08.12 | ABC News Radio breakfast | Paul Barratt interviewed by Linda Mottram

15.08.12 | SBS Radio | Interview with Scott Ludlam

08.05.17 | Sydney Morning Herald | Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war | Julian Cribb

23.04.17 | The Northern Star | Remembering and Healing ANZAC Day events for the North Coast | Jasmine Burke

20.04.17 | The Age | Are we truly ready for the consequences of a war with China? | Senator Nick Xenophon

22.02.17 | Sydney Morning Herald | Australia’s unprecedented decision to snub nuclear talks is irresponsible | Sue Wareham and Paul Barratt

01.02.17 | Sydney Morning Herald | With Donald Trump in power, Australia urgently needs to re-evaluate its US bases | Margaret Beavis

10.07.16 | The Age | The Coalition of the Willing – still willing to deceive | Sarah Gill

10.07.16 | The Age Letters | Susceptible to flattery | John Phillips, AWPR member

14.2.15 | Saturday Paper | Time to strip PM Abbott’s war-making power | Hamish McDonald

7.11.14 | Canberra Times | SAS troops ready, willing but uninvited, so it appears | Alison Broinowski

2.11.14 | Canberra Times | War widow Kellie Merritt renews campaign for Iraq war inquiry after death of husband Paul Pardoel | Ross Peake

29.10.14 | The Age Opinion | Democracy is missing in action as we rush to war | Paul Barratt

20.10.14 | SBS | Australia’s war in Iraq: Veterans and widows reflect | Hannah Sinclair

08.09.14 | The Australian | Going to war is a matter for parliament | Malcolm Fraser and Paul Barratt

3.09.2014 | The Guardian | Kellie Merritt, Australia’s first Iraq widow, is an anti-war campaigner. Parliament should listen to her | Paul Daley

22.06.14 | Eureka Street | Iraq needs a local solution, not another intervention | Donna Mulhearn

13.06.14 | The Conversation | Grattan on Friday: Should parliament have the right to say whether Australia goes to war? | Michelle Grattan

24.04.14 | New Matilda | A Fitting Codicil To A Century Of War | Jake Lynch

26.06.13 | Online Opinion | The Streaker’s Defence | Alison Broinowski

27.04.13 | Canberra Times | What Price Humanitarian War? | Kellie Merritt

27.04.13 | Canberra Times | Airman’s widow calls for inquiry into decision to enter war with Iraq | Tom McIlroy

12.04.13 | Canberra Times | Gimmick exacted a great cost on Iraq | Ramesh Thakur

12.04.13 | Sydney Morning Herald | Howard ignored official advice on Iraq’s weapons and chose war | Margaret Swieringa

09.04.13 | The Australian | Errors were made but we did not go to war based on a lie | John Howard

19.03.13 | Canberra Times | Price of Iraq War too great to repeat | Sue Wareham

19.03.13 | Eureka Street | Watching as Iraq crumbled | Donna Mulhearn

18.03.13 | Eureka Street | Australia’s ten wasted years of war | Tony Smith

18.03.13 | Herald Sun | We believed what we were told – an unmitigated failure of intelligence and diplomacy | John Cantwell

15.03.13 | The Age | Iraqi farce reeks of dead pigeons in the water tank | Tom Switzer

14.02.13 | The Age | For Democracy’s sake, let’s talk about the war in Iraq | Sue Wareham

23.08.12 | Canberra Times | (Lead) letter to editor opposing below letter

21.08.12 | Canberra Times | Letter to editor opposing Thakur Op Ed, “Iraq Action,”

19.08.12 | Sydney Morning Herald | It’s only right, says voice from left | Michelle Grattan

18.08.12 | The Age | Letters: “We have not learnt” | Andrew Farran

18.08.12 |  Canberra Times, Opinion | Strolling down memory lane, please don’t mention the war | Judith Ireland

16.08.12 | Sydney Morning Herald | Smith dismisses call for inquiry | Judith Ireland

16.08.12 | AAP | Robert Hill (at National Press Club) dismisses call for inquiry

16.08.12 | Sunshine Coast Daily | Fraser calls for Iraq war inquiry | Adam Carroll

16.08.12 | Canberra Times, Opinion | Why did we go to war in Iraq? | Ramesh Thakur

15.07.16 | Japan Times | Lessons of the Chilcot Report | Ramesh Thakur

15.03.13 | Japan Times | Leaders we can trust again | Ramesh Thakur

23.08.12 | Japan Times | Australia’s call for thoughts on Iraq | Ramesh Thakur

22.08.12 | Ottawa Citizen | Sampford and Thakur Op Ed

16.08.12 | UK Guardian | Australian politicians demand inquiry into Iraq invasion | Richard Norton-Taylor

AWPR media briefings

 

Released in the lead up to the 12th anniversary of the war on Iraq in March 2015

The new media briefing kit from Australians for War Powers Reform offers seven papers on issues of importance when considering the question of reforming Australia’s war powers.

The media briefing kit includes:

This paper argues that under present arrangements, committing the Australian Defence Force to international armed conflict (currently the prerogative of the Executive) is far too easy for such a grave and far-reaching matter

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This paper examines some of the important sources of advice that Parliament could use in a democratised process of deciding for or against ADF deployments.

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A brief examination of how a range of other democracies make the decision to commit troops to overseas conflict.

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In 2014, the Centenary year, much was made of the marking of the First World War, but this paper also examines how Australia was drawn into the war back in 1914 and what the consequences for Australia were.

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This paper examines a century of political decision-making in Australia that has led us into wars from the First and Second World Wars through to the current conflicts in the Middle East.

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This paper examines the historical development of the notion that Parliament cannot be trusted with matters of foreign and defence policy.

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A brief summary of some of the human and economic costs of recent wars in which Australia has taken part – including deaths, physical and psychological injuries, displacement and economic impacts.

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