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Senator Chris Evans Labor Senator for Western Australia Shadow Minister for Defence

14 February 2003


At the farewell of the last contingent of troops committed to the Gulf, Labor today expressed strong support for the ADF personnel who make up the contingent.

Senator Chris Evans spoke today at the Holsworthy Barracks at the farewell of the Special Forces Task Group, along with the Minister for Defence and Chief of the Defence Force.

Whatever the political controversy over the Government’s policy on Iraq, Labor is totally supportive of the troops and their families.

The community and political debate is over Government policy and does not detract from our support of the troops.

Those leaving have been deployed legally by the Government.

Australians are justifiably proud of the Australian Defence Force and its tradition. There is no doubt that those deployed will continue that tradition through their courage, commitment and skill.

Labor offers the troops best wishes and a safe return and offers support to the families of those deployed.

There is no disagreement in Australia that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and poses a threat to the region. The political debate is over how best to deal with that threat.

Labor has consistently supported a UN process for the disarmament of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

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