Kellie Merritt, Australia’s first Iraq widow, is an anti-war campaigner. Parliament should listen to her

Kellie Merritt can’t be dismissed as some sort of naïve peacenik for trying to put a brake on Australia’s apparently escalating involvement in American-led military operations in Iraq.

She is part of the campaign for an Iraq War inquiry which also includes a range of notable academics, and respected former defence and intelligence officials. The group lobbies federal parliament for an independent inquiry into the reasoning behind Australia’s participation in the 20 March 2003 Iraq invasion.

She is also the widow of Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, the first Australian serviceman to be killed in that military operation.

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