Before the 2003 Iraq war, I feared the seemingly inevitable conflict would be a disaster. Based in Sydney at the time, I watched as the general public massively opposed the impending invasion while most politicians and many in the media celebrated the prospect of “shock and awe”.
The last 15 years have seen untold bloodshed from the fateful decision to invade Iraq. It’s why I was honoured to be asked, and have now joined, the group Australians for War Powers Reform:
AWPR are Australians who believe that any decision to take Australia into international armed conflict should be made by our Parliament, not by the PM [Prime Minister] or the the Executive.
We aim to create a climate of opinion among the public and opinion leaders supporting war powers reform.
AWPR needs your help to spread the word that Australia can currently be taken to war by the decision of one person, and that needs to change. Please tell your friends and relatives and get them to support this campaign too. Write to the paper about it. Contact your MP.