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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 227 ..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

I commend the members of the crossbenches for their support of this important motion. I think this is a very sad day. Having brought forward a straightforward motion that calls for collaboration, cooperation and planning with the people and for the people, this minister, who has always been the arch priest of planning and consultation, has shown what his real colours are.

Question put:

The Assembly voted-

	Ayes, 8  			Noes, 7

 Ms Burke  	Mr Pratt  	Mr Berry  	Mr Quinlan
 Mr Cornwell  	Mr Stefaniak  	Mr Corbell  	Mr Wood
 Mrs Cross  	Ms Tucker  	Ms Gallagher   
 Ms Dundas      		Mr Hargreaves   
 Mrs Dunne     			Ms MacDonald
Question so resolved in the affirmative.


MS TUCKER (8.47): I move:

That this Assembly calls on the Australian Government to:

oppose the proposed war on Iraq and to withdraw our troops from the Middle East immediately for the reason that:

(a) there is no clear evidence that Iraq poses an immediate threat to Australia or our allies;

(b) it sets a precedent for pre-emptive military actions throughout the world;

(c) it serves the interests of the promoters and organisers of global terrorism;

(d) it represents the abandonment of fifty years commitment to the rule of law at an international level;

(e) it is likely to further destabilise the Middle East;

(f) it will damage Australia's relations with our immediate region;

(g) it will result in the death and injury of civilians;

(h) it will devastate the natural environment; and

(i) it will directly and indirectly impact on the health and well being of the Canberra community;

and calls on the Australian Government instead to pursue a policy which includes:

(a) a continuing program of rigorous weapons inspections in Iraq and containment through a transition from original short term inspections to long term on site monitoring;

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