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Senator Lyn Allison Parliamentary Leader and Democrats Senator for Victoria Australian Democrats spokesperson for Prime Minister & Cabinet

Dated: 16 May 2006

Press Release Number: vejbpduz Portfolio: Prime Minister & Cabinet Related: Foreign Affairs

PM goes all the way with Bush in Asia and Middle East

The Prime Ministers speech today, welcoming further American military intrusions in to the sovereignty of other nations, is a new low in toadyism, the Democrats said.

Bush has a hit list of countries such as Iran, Syria and North Korea, which, without any hint of evidence, he wants to over throw. That policy hasnt worked well in Iraq, Democrats leader Senator Allison said.

The Prime Ministers comments about the importance of the projection of American power takes us back to the cold war era and old fashioned notions of hegemony.

The real theme of Howards speech is Iran. Reading between the lines, it sounds as if Howard agrees with Bushs hawkish ambitions for the Middle East.

Although Australia has long thrown off the colonial tag, one wouldnt think so when Howard comes out with statements such as these. Weve swapped the British monarchy for the American eagle, Senator Allison said.