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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that the signatories below object to Australian participation in the US-led war on Iraq. Peaceful diplomatic and political strategies were by no means exhausted before this war started. We want no part in this war that will bring trauma and death to many thousands of innocent Iraqis.

We object to the double standards over compliance with UN resolutions, and over abolition of weapons of mass destruction. We believe that the focus on Iraq is short-sighted, and that the problems of the whole Middle East must be addressed in their entirety - especially the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation, and the US military presence in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's two most holy cities, Mecca and Medina. We consider this war to be largely about securing a steady, cheap oil supply for the UN economy.

Your petitioners request that the House shall recall Australian troops from this war, and that Australia insist that UN weapons inspectors be allowed adequate time to both identify and destroy any WMDs and delivery systems that Iraq might have.

by Dr Lawrence (from 422 citizens) and
by Ms Jann McFarlane (from 310 citizens)