Iraq expected to dominate parliament

Iraq expected to dominate parliament

Australia’s role in the current situation in Iraq is expected to dominate parliament this week, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday confirmed, Australia will drop military equipment to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants.

The Opposition has confirmed its support for the government, but the Greens and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie are both calling for a debate on the matter.

The Greens will this week introduce a bill to require parliamentary approval for overseas deployment, amid claims of a “mission creep” in Iraq.

But Mr Abbott says Australia is not looking to involve itself in another war in the Middle East.

“There is no role envisaged for combat troops on the ground and none of us want to get involved in another Middle Eastern war but it is important to do what reasonably can be done to avert potential genocide,” he said.

“Any military activity by Australia over and above the humanitarian air drops and the military air lift that we have talked about now will be in participation… with allies and it would be at the request of the government of Iraq but no specific request has been made.”

 

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