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Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Page: 53

Senator NETTLE (3:45 PM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the US-led assault on Fallujah has, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, created a `humanitarian crisis',

(ii) despite claims by the United States (US) appointed Prime Minister Allawi that `there have been no civilian casualties', large numbers of civilians have been killed and injured in the attack,

(iii) at least one clinic has been bombed and a hospital looted and that Red Cross ambulances and a relief convoy have been refused access to Fallujah by the US-led Multinational Forces in breach of the Geneva Conventions,

(iv) destroying this ancient city will not bring peace and will increase support for the resistance, as shown by the shift of control of large areas of Ramadi, Samarra, Haditha, Baquba and other cities in the Sunni triangle to insurgent forces, and

(v) the recent study by US medical researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Colombia University which estimated that as many as 100 000 civilians may have died as a result of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq;

(b) is concerned that elections in Iraq will be further delayed as a result of the actions of the Multinational Forces and the US-appointed Iraqi Government;

(c) calls on the Australian Government to:

(i) clarify the role of Australian Defence Force members in the planning of, and participation in, the assault on Fallujah,

(ii) reverse its policy of support for the US-led occupation of Iraq, and

(iii) bring the Australian troops home from Iraq.