“Let’s be clear about Howard’s reasons for war. In the legal opinion he tabled last March, the only reason canvassed was to eliminate Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. No humanitarian reason was advanced. “Liberating an oppressed people” has been a rationalisation advanced by the Prime Minister after the WMD argument came unstuck.
We have documented 20 occasions when the Government warned Australians of the dangers posed by Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons not abstract capabilities, capacities or programs but actual completed weapons.”
Meanwhile, on another front, Andrew Bartlett calls for a curtailing of the Prime Minister’s ability to go to war without parliamentary support again.