Government won’t reveal stance on Iran war
Media Release: Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, Monday February 27th, 2012.
The Government refused to answer three successive questions from the Greens in the Senate today regarding the possibility of strikes on Iran, and on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said “Senator Stephen Conroy, representing whoever is the Foreign Minister at the moment, provided meaningless responses to these vital questions”.
“Asked to explain the Government’s position on a military strike by the US or Israel on Iranian nuclear facilities, the Government expressed neither support nor opposition.
“Asked what, if any, representations the Australian Government has made to the governments the United States or Israel on the potential for a military strike, Labor dodged again.
“It was a clueless showing from the Government on a matter of urgent importance. Given the key role Russia has played in assisting Iran’s nuclear ambitions, I also asked what the Government was doing to ensure Australian uranium sold to Russia would not end up in Iran. Again, there was no answer.
“There are 78 million people living in Iran. A strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, located in built-up urban areas, would be catastrophic, and could precipitate yet another drawn-out war. We have learned from Iraq that the evocation of alleged weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for war should be treated with extreme caution.
“The Government should make their position clear. This is not an issue to be skirted around. The prospect of war is not a public relations exercise to be finessed. The Australian people have a right to know where their Government stands.”
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