Parliament must decide whether we go to war

Parliament must decide whether we go to war

Australia is one of few democracies in which parliamentary debate and vote is not required before a decision to go to war.

We believe informed public discussion is needed about Australia’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and that the process by which Australian institutions respond to future conflicts should be improved.

We seek reform of the "War Powers" under which the executive government can commit troops to international conflict. This gravest of decisons, whether to commit Australian troops to armed conflict abroad, should be made by Parliament.

Australia is one of few democracies in which parliamentary debate and vote is not required before a decision to go to war.

We believe informed public discussion is needed about Australia’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and that the process by which Australian institutions respond to future conflicts should be improved.

We seek reform of the "War Powers" under which the executive government can commit troops to international conflict. This gravest of decisons, whether to commit Australian troops to armed conflict abroad, should be made by Parliament.

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Help us grow the movement for war powers reform in Australia. Our parliamentary representatives will respond by seeking to change the current practice if they know that it matters to the public. The more they hear from you, the more likely they are to advocate for this issue.

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