Statement by State and federal Australian parliamentarians
We oppose Australian military participation in bombing and war on Iraq
We join with millions of Australians to oppose war on Iraq and Australian military involvement.
We are heartened by the opposition to this war expressed by former prime ministers, retired senior military leaders, community organisations and the heads of faith organisations, both in Australia and in London and Rome.
The 1991 Gulf War was responsible for the deaths of at least 200,000 to 300,000 Iraqis during and within twelve months of it finishing. At least 110,000 of those killed were civilians, mainly as a result of bombing facilities essential to provide clean water to the Iraqi people. Iraqi society has been devastated by a decade of economic sanctions. *
Civilians are the first casualty of war. War will mean further humanitarian and environmental devastation, and a flood of new refugees.
Iraqs military capacity has been significantly degraded since the 1991 Gulf war. Despite the claims, there is no evidence that Iraq presents a clear and present danger to any nation, nor that it is close to having nuclear weapons. No evidence has been produced linking Iraq to the September 11 bombings.
We support the abolition by all Middle Eastern states of their stocks of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and call for a renewed commitment by Australia to international disarmament issues. UN resolutions on disarmament and human rights are most likely to succeed when nations commit to their implementation without fear or favour.
We join with governments and communities around the world to say that war is not the solution to conflict in the Middle East.
[* Source: Medical Association for Prevention of War Parliamentary Briefing. http://www.mapw.org.au/iraq/2002/ippnwiraq/MedAct_report_Iraq_12_11.html
Endorsements (to 4 March 2003)
Senators: Lyn Allison, Andrew Bartlett, Nick Bolkus, Bob Brown, John Cherry, Trish Crossin, Brian Greig, Meg Lees, Kate Lundy, Gavin Marshall, Claire Moore, Kerry Nettle, Aden Ridgeway, Natasha Stott Despoja, Ruth Webber.