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Tony Abbott needs to tread carefully on Iraq: Bandt

Parliament must debate and approve any Australian involvement beyond the humanitarian efforts in Iraq, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"The Greens support the humanitarian effort in Iraq, but we are very concerned the government has left the door open on troops."

"Tony Abbott shouldn't try and do a John Howard by slavishly following the United States into another folly in Iraq."

"Parliament is only two weeks away and any action by Tony Abbott in Iraq needs to be debated and approved."

 

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GREENS SCEPTICAL ON TERROR LAW PUSH

“If he’s serious about persuading Australians of the need for these new laws, Tony Abbott needs to release an exposure draft well before Parliament resumes at the end of August."

"Tony Abbott needs to make a convincing case for these changes. Trashing long-established legal norms, like the presumption of innocence, just because Tony Abbott says so isn’t good enough."

"The Greens will also insist upon extensive scrutiny by the Senate of these serious measures."

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TONY ABBOTT WIDENS SCOPE TO SPY ON AUSTRALIANS

Hours after announcing plans to spy on every Australian’s online activities to “fight terrorism”, Tony Abbott is now saying it could also be used to fight general crime.

“Tony Abbott needs to level with ‘Team Australia’: does he want to spy on Australians to fight terrorism, general crime or both? It seems national security is being used as a cover to treat every online Australian as a suspect,” said acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP.

“Without providing any detail to ‘Team Australia,’ Tony Abbott is already engaging in mission creep.

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Abbott must pressure US to stop providing arms to Gaza conflict: Bandt

Responding to reports that the US has just approved the immediate transfer of grenades and mortar rounds to the Israeli armed forces, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt says Tony Abbott should pressure the United States over its continued arming of the Israeli government during the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

"Australia cannot stand idly by while its ally arms one side of the conflict in Gaza," said Mr Bandt.

"Any further temporary ceasefire is threatened if the US simply uses the time to rearm the more powerful side of the conflict."

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Mr Abbott and Mr Shorten must rule out third Iraq war – Greens Leader

Greens Leader Christine Milne has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to rule out sending Australian troops to Iraq for a third war.

"Unilateral military action is exactly how Iraq got into this mess in the first place," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Australia under John Howard blindly followed George W Bush into a very bloody conflict that was based on a lie. Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and thousands of coalition forces were killed. Killings and conflict continues to this day.

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Abbott must apologise for D-Day political play

The Prime Minister should apologise for using D-Day to push his carbon tax bandwagon, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs Senator Penny Wright.

"Prime Minister Abbott should be ashamed of himself for using D-Day," Senator Wright said.

"Those who fought for our country at D-Day, and every other conflict since, came from every corner of society. Their service should not be co-opted to push the Prime Minister's political bandwagons.

"War service should not be commercialised and it should not be politicised.

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Keep razor gang away from military pensions: Greens

The Australian Greens have urged the government to come clean about potential changes to military pensions in next month’s budget, amid speculation some former defence force personnel will be left worse off.

Speaking on Anzac Day, Spokesperson for Veterans Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, called on the government to keep their razor gang away from military pensions.

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