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Abbott govt, Labor & Palmer Party deny parliament a vote on going to war

The Abbott government, Labor opposition and Palmer Party have voted down the Greens bill to require that any decision to go to war be made by the parliament as a whole, not just by the executive.

"The Australian people, through the entire Australian Parliament, deserve a say in whether we go to war but Tony Abbott, Clive Palmer and the Labor party disagree," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Greens call on Labor to help make sure Parliament votes on military deployments

As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne wants to give Parliament the authority to debate and vote on any military deployments, and is calling for Labor's support.

"Unlike many other democratic countries, Australia's military can be deployed overseas without any discussion or decision in the Parliament. This must change," said Senator Milne.

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Parliament must debate any military engagement in Iraq - Greens

With reports coming out of the United States of possible Australian military involvement in Iraq and Syria, Greens Leader Christine Milne says it is essential that any decision to deploy our military is brought to the parliament.

"It is essential that PM Abbott commits immediately to bring any debate about the deployment of Australian military to the parliament for debate," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Abbott Refuses Parliamentary Debate, Leaves Open Sending Combat Troops To Iraq: Bandt

In response to a question from Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP, Tony Abbott refused to rule out that he is planning to deploy troops to fight in Iraq and confirmed Parliament will have no chance to debate this matter of highest national importance.

“I asked the Prime Minister a straight question and he refused to rule out that plans are underway to deploy Australian combat troops to fight in Iraq," Mr Bandt said.

"The Prime Minister also confirmed that Parliament would have no chance to debate this matter of highest national importance.

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