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Greens honour service of ADF in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens today join the community in honouring the service of the men and women who served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper and welcome them home.

"Around Australia today people have come together to say thank you to all those who put their lives on the line in Afghanistan, and to honour their service, and I join them," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Don't put Aussie troops at mercy of US diplomacy - Greens

The Australian Greens have renewed calls for an accelerated withdrawal of Australian defence personnel from Afghanistan following news of ‪increased tensions between President Obama and President Karsai. 

"It's clear these tensions are making the situation for troops in Afghanistan more precarious and dangerous, and that's why I again call for Australian troops to be brought home as quickly as is safely possible," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.‪

"We must separate Australian defence policy from the American quagmire in Afghanistan.

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Senator Christine Milne Press Conference

Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne, held a press conference in Hobart today calling for an increase in the Renewable Energy Target (RET), Tony Abbott's refusal to join the multi-party reference group on asylum seeker policy, Labor's attack on progressive voters and Afghanistan.

She also commented on Miranda Gibson, who has set a new Australian record on her 209th day in the Observer Tree.

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Great sadness at latest death in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens today expressed great sadness at the loss of another young Australian soldier's life in Afghanistan.

"The Greens join all Australians in gratitude for the service of the 23 year old combat engineer killed in Afghanistan overnight," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said

"We offer condolences to the family and friends of this young man tragically lost."

Twenty-seven Australian soldiers have now been killed while serving in Afghanistan.

 

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Senator Milne's Afghanistan debate speech

I rise tonight to argue the case very strongly that Australia should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan as quickly and as safely as possible. Like everyone in this country, I watched the television coverage of the funeral of Lance Corporal MacKinney, who died in Afghanistan on active duty and was buried on 12 September 2010. He was the father of Annabell, and his son Noah was born on the day of his funeral. Noah will never see his father and he will grow up knowing that his father was the 21st Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.

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