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Greens oppose Afghanistan troop deployment.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Greens oppose Afghanistan troop deployment

Senator Brown, 21st February 2006

The Howard Government should not be using Australian troops to help President Bush overcome his sagging domestic political fortunes, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The announcement that Australia will be sending 200 more troops to Afghanistan comes hard on the heels of the Bush administration announcing the withdrawal of 3000 troops from the same theatre," Senator Brown said

"Without the US withdrawal there would be no Australian deployment.

"This is John Howard once again using the ADF to meet the Bush administration's political shortcomings. Our troops should be kept at home," Senator Brown said.

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