He has divided our people, alienated our friends, sent our best anti-terrorism troops ten thousand miles away.
He expects those of us left behind to defend ourselves with a fridge magnet.
Excellent read – by Biggy
Text of address by Simon Crean to parliament on Iraq
February 5 2003
This is the prepared text of Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s speech on Labor’s position on Iraq to parliament.
The statement by the prime minister is his argument for war, not a plan for peace.
It only took the prime minister until only the second page of his statement to conclude that the only possible outcome is war.
There are several things on which we agree.
Our total support for the brave men women of the Australian Defence Forces and their families.
Non proliferation is a critical security issue.
Saddam Hussein must disarm.
The issue of Iraq cannot be seen in isolation from the broader security issues that confront the Middle East, particularly the need for peace in Israel and Palestine.
The Authority of the UN must be upheld.
But this statement is a justification for war, not…
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