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THE SENATE

SENATOR PETER DURACK, Q C Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Shadow Minister for Defence

GULF WAR

Shadow Minister for Defence, Senator Peter Durack QC, said today that he wished all Australian Forces in the Gulf - naval, medical and support - a swift and safe return to Australia. "I am confident," he said, "that they will represent us in the finest Australian tradition.

"This war is regrettable, but necessary. Iraq has had months in which to heed the United Nations' reasonable demands. The rules of international relations need ultimate sanctions. This is an instance in which those sanctions clearly have to be applied, and they are being applied with the full authority of the United Nations.

"Now that war has actually broken out, there is a need for all Australians to get behind our defence forces. It is not only a matter of supporting our own force. More importantly, we as a nation have to be seen to be part of the whole responsible community of nations, acting unanimously and decisively to reverse the shameless aggression of a tyrant."

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17 January 1991

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