Monday, March 16, 2015

AWPR media briefings released ahead of 12th anniversary of invasion of Iraq

Released in the lead up to the 12th anniversary of the war on Iraq in May 2015, the new media briefing kit from Australians for War Powers Reform offers seven papers on issues of importance when considering the question of reforming Australia’s war powers.


  1. WAR POWERS REFORM: why it’s needed and why now
This paper argues that under present arrangements, committing the Australian Defence Force to international armed conflict (currently the prerogative of the Executive) is far too easy for such a grave and far-reaching matter.
  1. AUSTRALIA’S PROCESS FOR GOING TO WAR
This paper examines some of the important sources of advice that Parliament could use in a democratised process of deciding for or against ADF deployments.
  1. HOW OTHER DEMOCRACIES DECIDE TO COMMIT TROOPS
A brief examination of how a range of other democracies make the decision to commit troops to overseas conflict.
  1. GOING TO WAR IN 1914
In this Centenary year, much is made of the marking of the First World War, but this paper also examines how Australia was drawn into the war back in 1914 and what the consequences for Australia were.
  1. A CENTURY OF GOING TO WAR: decision-making in Australia
This paper examines a century of political decision-making in Australia that has led us into wars from the First and Second World Wars through to the current conflicts in the Middle East.
  1. FOREIGN AND DEFENCE POLICY: is our parliament not to be trusted?
This paper examines the historical development of the notion that Parliament cannot be trusted with matters of foreign and defence policy.
  1. THE HUMAN AND ECONOMIC COSTS OF WAR
A brief summary of some of the human and economic costs of recent wars in which Australia has taken part - including deaths, physical and psychological injuries, displacement and economic impacts.
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