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 3 IRAQ—COMMITMENT TO COALITION IN THE GULF

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Howard (Prime Minister)—That this House:

(1) condemns Iraq's refusal, over more than 12 years, to abide by 17 resolutions of the United Nations Security Council regarding the threat it poses to international peace and security;

(2) recognises:

 (a) that Iraq's continued possession and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, in defiance of its mandatory obligations under numerous resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, represents a real and unacceptable threat to international peace and security;

(b) that Iraq's behaviour weakens the global prohibitions on the spread of weapons of mass destruction, with the potential to damage Australia's security; and

(c) that, as more rogue states acquire them, the risk of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists multiplies, thereby presenting a real and direct threat to the security of Australia and the entire international community;

(3) abhors:

 (a) Iraq's continued support for international terrorism; and

(b) the institutionalised widespread and grave abuse of the human rights of the Iraqi people over many years;

(4) notes that United Nations Security Council resolutions adopted under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, in particular resolutions 678, 687 and 1441, provide clear authority for the use of force against Iraq for the purposes of disarming Iraq of weapons of mass destruction and restoring international peace and security to the region;

(5) endorses the Government's decision to commit Australian Defence Force elements in the region to the international coalition of military forces prepared to enforce Iraq's compliance with its international obligations under successive resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, with a view to restoring international peace and security in the Middle East region;

(6) expresses its unequivocal support for the Australian service men and women, and other personnel serving with the international coalition, our full confidence in them and the hope that all will return safely to their homes;

(7) extends to the innocent people of Iraq its support and sympathy during the military action to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction and the reconstruction period that will follow; and


(8) notes that the Government is committed to helping the Iraqi people, including through humanitarian assistance, to build a new Iraq at peace with itself and its neighbours—

And on the amendment moved by Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition), viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "This House:

(1) insists that Iraq must disarm under the authority of the United Nations;

(2) believes that, in the absence of an agreed UN Security Council resolution authorising military action against Iraq, there is no basis for military action to disarm Iraq, including action involving the Australian Defence Force;

(3) insists that there should be no commitment of Australian troops to a war in Iraq outside the authority of the United Nations;

(4) concludes that Australian involvement in a war in Iraq without UN authorisation is not in Australia's national interests or in the interests of maintaining international peace and security; and

(5) expresses its confidence in our servicemen and women and our full support for them and their families"—

Debate resumed.

Suspension of standing and sessional orders moved

Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition) moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition moving: "That this House:

(1) notes the comments of the US Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge, overnight that: `The Intelligence Community believes that terrorists will attempt multiple attacks against U.S. and Coalition targets worldwide in the event of a U.S-led military campaign against Saddam Hussein';

(2) insists that the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs explain to Australians the increased terrorist threats to all of us from the Prime Minister's and the Government's decision to commit Australia to war without the authority of the United Nations;

(3) insists that the Manager of Government Business explain his statement to the House last night that the Prime Minister's decision to commit Australia to war in Iraq without the authorisation of the United Nations would increase the terrorist risks to Australia—something which the Prime Minister and the Government have refused to tell the Australian people the truth about;

(4) recalls that the Government was asked about this issue on three occasions this year with no answers and demands that the Prime Minister immediately come into the Parliament and explain to Australians the heightened terrorist threat for Australia of the Government's decision to commit Australia to war in Iraq without the authorisation of the United Nations; and

(5) calls on the Prime Minister to immediately outline the urgent steps being taken by his Government to protect Australia and Australians from the increased terrorist threats to Australia from his decision to commit Australia to war without the authority of the United Nations".

Mr Rudd (seconder) addressing the House—

Closure of Member

Mr Abbott (Leader of the House) moved—That the Member be not further heard.

Question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Ms Corcoran, in the Chair)—

AYES, 75

Mr AbbottMr DownerDr KempMr Scott
Mr AndersonMrs DraperMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr AnthonyMr DuttonMrs LeyMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BairdMr EntschMr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr BaldwinMr FarmerMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BarresiMr Forrest*Mr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BartlettMs GambaroMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMrs GashMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Mrs B. K. BishopMr GeorgiouMr NairnMr Tollner
Ms J. I. BishopMr HaaseDr NelsonMr Truss
Mr BroughMr HardgraveMr NevilleMr Tuckey
Mr CadmanMr HartsuykerMs PanopoulosMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CameronMr HawkerMr PearceMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMr JohnsonMr PyneDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JullMr RandallMr Williams
Mr CobbMrs D. M. KellyMr RuddockMs Worth
Mr CostelloJackie KellyMr Schultz

NOES, 61

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMs J. S. McFarlane*Mr Sawford
Mr AlbaneseMs GeorgeMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Mr BevisMs GillardMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Mr BreretonMs GriersonMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr ByrneMs HallMr MurphyMr Swan
Mr CoxMr HattonMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr CreanMs HoareMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMr OrganMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMs PlibersekMr Windsor
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMr Ripoll
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMs Roxon
Mr M. J. FergusonMr McClellandMr Rudd

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the motion for the suspension of standing and sessional orders be agreed to—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Ms Corcoran, in the Chair)—

AYES, 61

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMs J. S. McFarlane*Mr Sawford
Mr AlbaneseMs GeorgeMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Mr BevisMs GillardMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Mr BreretonMs GriersonMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Ms BurkeMr GriffinMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr ByrneMs HallMr MurphyMr Swan
Mr CoxMr HattonMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr CreanMs HoareMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMr OrganMr Wilkie
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMs PlibersekMr Windsor
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMr Ripoll
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMs Roxon
Mr M. J. FergusonMr McClellandMr Rudd

NOES, 75

Mr AbbottMr DownerDr KempMr Scott
Mr AndersonMrs DraperMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr AnthonyMr DuttonMrs LeyMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMrs ElsonMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BairdMr EntschMr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr BaldwinMr FarmerMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BarresiMr Forrest*Mr McGauranDr Stone
Mr BartlettMs GambaroMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BillsonMrs GashMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Mrs B. K. BishopMr GeorgiouMr NairnMr Tollner
Ms J. I. BishopMr HaaseDr NelsonMr Truss
Mr BroughMr HardgraveMr NevilleMr Tuckey
Mr CadmanMr HartsuykerMs PanopoulosMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CameronMr HawkerMr PearceMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMr HuntMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMr JohnsonMr PyneDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JullMr RandallMr Williams
Mr CobbMrs D. M. KellyMr RuddockMs Worth
Mr CostelloJackie KellyMr Schultz

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.

Debate continued.

Member ordered to withdraw

At 5.47 p.m. the Member for Grayndler (Mr Albanese) was ordered, under standing order 304A, to withdraw from the House for one hour for continuing to interject after a warning had been given from the Chair, and he accordingly withdrew from the Chamber.

Debate continued.

Mr Nairn addressing the House—

Adjournment negatived

It being 7.30 p.m.—The question was proposed—That the House do now adjourn.


Mr Entsch (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources) requiring the question to be put forthwith without debate—

Question—put and negatived.

Mr Nairn continued his speech.

Debate continued.

Debate adjourned (Mr Bevis), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.