A message to be shared with ADF veterans and their families whom you know
Admiral Chris Barrie, former ADF Chief: “I commend this appeal to all ADF veterans, so that those who participate in any future wars will have the explicit support of the Parliament and the Australian people”.
AWPR’s campaign No War Without Parliament is seeking the voices of some of those Australians most heavily affected by decisions for overseas wars – ADF veterans and their families.
Many hundreds of Australian families are today living with the terrible grief of having lost a loved one as a result of military service in Australia’s recent wars. Many more are living with war’s emotional and physical traumas.
Australia is obliged to do everything in its power to ensure that ADF personnel in future are not sacrificed or harmed unnecessarily, and that their efforts have the support of the Australian people and Parliament. Currently this is not always the case. A decision for ADF involvement in an overseas war can be made by one person, the prime minister, acting alone. This process is fraught with risk, and must change.
We are seeking the signatures of ADF veterans and family members for an appeal to all federal parliamentarians, urging their reform of this dangerous and undemocratic process.
View the Veteran appeal and please circulate it as widely as you can, especially to veterans and their families whom you know.
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I fully support “ No War Without Parliament “. It’s the nation’s representative that should have a say and so be held accountable. We have had too many wars to appease the US industry. They are the only winners.
Parliament decides and parliament is then held accountable to he people.
I also fully support the”No War Without Parliament “ policy this means that Australian Government is held accountable to the people especially to those that are sent to war under sanctions especially when they return home and to the families of those That sacrificed All
We have seen too many examples of Australian Governments involving us in wars without Parliamentary approval.
Federal and All State and territory Governments must be in agreement and conscience votes must be allowed.
I am a Veteran. The decision to commit Australian troops to conflict is the most important decision any Government can make. Yet in Australia, a democracy, there is no requirement for the Parliament to vote on this decision. There is no instance in the historical record where a vote by the Parliament would have harmed Australia’s security. Previous Government’s have committed Australian troops to conflicts based on lies and obfuscation with enormous consequential impacts on Veterans, their families and the countries in which we fought. The best way to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past is to ensure that Parliament votes on the decision to go to war.