ANZUS minus NZ, again?

Tony Abbott’s visit to New Zealand on 26 February was carefully coordinated with John Key’s announcement of a Kiwi military deployment to Iraq. At 143 ‘combat-trainers’ it wasn’t as large as the 3500 troops the Australian Prime Minister had proposed on 21 February. But for a while it seemed the New Zealanders had upstaged us by having the agreement of the Baghdad government to their presence on the ground.

Now we discover that the NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully has gone to Iraq, just as Julie Bishop did in October 2014, to try to secure a Status of Forces …

Letter to The Hon. Warren Truss MP

Dear Mr Truss

I write to you on behalf of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry to ascertain The Nationals’ policy in the context of the current Federal Election campaign on several matters which are of central importance to our membership.

Our members and supporters would be interested to know your answers to the following questions:

  • Do you believe the Prime Minister should continue to have the authority to take Australia to war on her/his own?
  • Would you support a new bill requiring parliamentary debate and approval before the Australian Defence Force is deployed in overseas combat operations?
  • Do
  • Letter to Senator Christine Milne

    Dear Senator Milne

    I write to you on behalf of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry to ascertain The Greens’ policy in the context of the current Federal Election campaign on several matters which are of central importance to our membership.

    Our members and supporters would be interested to know your answers to the following questions:

  • Do you believe the Prime Minister should continue to have the authority to take Australia to war on her/his own?
  • Would you support a new bill requiring parliamentary debate and approval before the Australian Defence Force is deployed in overseas combat operations?
  • Do
  • Letter to The Hon. Tony Abbott MP

    Dear Mr Abbott

    I write to you on behalf of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry to ascertain the Liberal Party’s policy in the context of the current Federal Election campaign on several matters which are of central importance to our membership.

    Our members and supporters would be interested to know your answers to the following questions:

  • Do you believe the Prime Minister should continue to have the authority to take Australia to war on her/his own?
  • Would you support a new bill requiring parliamentary debate and approval before the Australian Defence Force is deployed in overseas combat operations?
  • Letter to The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP

    Dear Mr Rudd

    I write to you on behalf of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry to ascertain the Australian Labor Party’s policy in the context of the current Federal Election campaign on several matters which are of central importance to our membership.

    Our members and supporters would be interested to know your answers to the following questions:

  • Do you believe the Prime Minister should continue to have the authority to take Australia to war on her/his own?
  • Would you support a new bill requiring parliamentary debate and approval before the Australian Defence Force is deployed in overseas combat