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United Nations attack 'silly'



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Sen Bob Brown

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27 June 2003

United Nations Attack ‘Silly

Foreign Minister Downer’s attack on the United Nations as an ineffective ‘behemoth’ is silly and will leave Australia increasingly isolated in the Asian region, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today

“Mr Downer’s view of the United Nations is more wishful thinking than factual,” Senator Brown said.

“The UN’s now proven-right resistance to the invasion of Iraq on the basis of weapons of mass destruction has chastened governments in Canberra, Washington and London.

“A huge consequence of this anti-UN stand by the Howard Government would be a world divided into armed blocks with Australia on the outer in its own Asian region.

“A second rate global democracy is better than a set of hostile global regions which leaves Australia isolated and dependent on the distant USA,” Senator Brown said.

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