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ADF – Ukraine training plan must go to Parliament

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Media Release: The proposal to send ADF personnel overseas to train Ukrainian troops should be referred to parliament for debate.

The plan currently being considered by Defence Minister Richard Marles represents a major escalation in Australia’s involvement in the conflict, and goes well beyond the existing program of providing equipment and funds.

“A decision of this magnitude should not be taken behind closed doors by a small group of ministers. It must go to parliament for debate and scrutiny,” said Dr Alison Broinowski AM, former diplomat and President of Australians for War Powers Reform.

“The last thing we need is to be slowly drawn into another overseas war that does not directly affect Australia. In the past sending advisors or trainers to other countries wars has quickly become a slippery slope, leading to more direct involvement.”

“This plan needs to be carefully considered by parliament before any actions are taken by the minister.

The Government’s use of ADF forces outside of Australia has for far too long, lacked proper scrutiny and democratic oversight.”

“While many in the community believe that supporting Ukraine against the illegal invasion by Russia is justified, there appears to be almost nothing being done toward negotiations and a ceasefire.

All efforts should be centred on bringing a halt to the appalling loss of life and the widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure.”

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