Monthly Archives: September 2013

Open Letter on War Powers to PM Abbott

An open letter addressed to the new PM and signed by nine prominent persons (including ex-PM Malcolm Fraser) was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on September 14, 2013.

The open letter invited the “prime minister-elect Tony Abbott to tell the Australian people whether he believes that a prime minister should continue to have the authority to take Australia into international armed conflict on her/his own, or whether he would support a bill requiring parliamentary debate and approval before the Australian Defence Force is deployed overseas in combat.”

The open letter was signed by Paul Barratt, John Menadue, Malcolm Fraser, Professor Ian Maddocks, Professor Peter Baume, Gary Woodward, Professor Ramesh Thakur, Elizabeth Evatt and Kellie Merritt. 

Read the whole open letter here.

Australia, Drones and War Powers

Defence has not emerged as an issue in this year’s federal election but the subject appears to resonate in the federal electorate of Grayndler in Sydney’s inner-west reports Nadyat El Gawley. Her article, published just after the 7 September 2013 federal election, refers to MPG’s campaigns against weaponised drones, an end to the Australia/US alliance and for a war powers bill which transfers decision-making about the deployment of Australian troops overseas from the executive branch of government (the prime minister and cabinet) to parliament.

Nadyat’s article can be found here.