Tuesday, 19 March 2013
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) it is 10 years since the United States of America (US) led the invasion of Iraq,
(ii) the British non-government organisation, Iraq Body Count, estimates about 162 000 people, almost 80 per cent of them civilians, were killed in Iraq from the start of the 2003 US-led invasion, up to the withdrawal of American forces in 2012, and
(b) calls on the Government and the Opposition to:
(i) support the Australian Greens' Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2010 [No. 2] which would require parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force, and
(ii) support an independent inquiry into the reasons behind Australia's participation in the invasion.