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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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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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ANZAC Day 2013 Honouring the Peacekeepers

The Australian Greens have welcomed the move to commemorate peacekeepers on ANZAC Day, including listing them on the War Memorial Roll of Honour for the first time.

"I would like to pay a special tribute to the work of the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association, as well as my colleague Senator Penny Wright, who have worked hard to gain recognition for their sacrifice," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Greens welcome apology and inquiry on Defence abuse cases

The Australian Greens welcomed today's apology to victims of sexual assault in the defence forces and the announcement of a high level inquiry into the hundreds of abuse allegations.

"The Greens join the Government in expressing our deep sadness and apology to victims of abuse in the defence forces," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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