Hold an inquiry into the Iraq war

To: Prime Minister

Hold an inquiry into the Iraq war
of 2,000 signatures
Campaign created by Tim Wright

We call for an independent inquiry into the decisions that led to Australia invading Iraq, and a review of the war powers of the government, to draw out what lessons can be learned for the future.

Why is this important?

The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a humanitarian, legal, political and strategic disaster. It has left a trail of death and destruction and millions of refugees. It has undermined the role of international law and strengthened terrorism.

Australia’s role in the war raised very serious questions of government honesty and accountability. If we do not learn lessons from this episode, we are at grave risk of engaging in equally ill-founded wars in the future.

There are many unanswered questions in relation to Australia’s decision to go to war. They include: What was the government’s decision-making process and timing that led to our participation in the invasion? What were the objectives, and how was success to be defined? How did the government reconcile conflicting intelligence assessments?

How did the government attempt to satisfy itself of the legality of the invasion? Which of the many NGO predictions of widespread and severe civilian suffering, including by children, did the government consider? If none, why? To what extent were the statements made to the Parliament and the public consistent with all the available relevant assessments?

Australian troops are entrusted to help safeguard our security. Any suspicion that their lives, and the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians, have been placed in jeopardy on the basis of anything other than the most robust and rigorous decision-making process cannot be ignored.

Both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have initiated official inquiries into their own involvement in the war; Australia has not. Nearly a decade after the war began, it is time we did so.

This petition is organised by the Iraq War Inquiry Group (www.iraqwarinquiry.org.au).
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Reasons for signing

  • Dr Peter W. 2014-03-02 20:08:32 +1100
    I have long held suspisions about Australias involvement in Iraq, and about the Coalition of the Willing. And now whenever I read news of the continuing personal traumas in Iraq I am horrified by our involvement. Its a policital disaster and socially repugnant. What a shame! 2 million dead. We need accountability.
  • Ruth R. 2014-01-21 21:41:49 +1100
    We need to keep our govrnment accountable and change loopholes in legisation so only a majority of Parliament can approve and overseas military action.
  • john g. 2014-01-13 15:53:25 +1100
    My family and I marched in opposition to this war with 10,000's nationally. The political elite, their media and the war mongering industries ignored us at everyone's including their own peril! What has been the result so far ~ chronic, toxic sectarianism in that wretched land. The Australian 'defence' forces along with so-called coalition of the 'willing' sic contributed to this disasterous outcome. When will you ever learn?