6 Dec. 2006

Bring Them Home

Labor frontbencher Robert McClelland says Australia should plan Iraq exit:
"The prime minister said yesterday, 'Well our objectives are for stability in Iraq'. At no stage has the government articulated what our strategy is, what our precise mission is, what the benchmarks for achieving that mission are and the likely time scale involved in achieving that mission.

"There has been no analysis as to the cost, no analysis of whether it's been consistent with Australia's national security priorities and no analysis of the additional risk it places on our troops in Afghanistan because we can't provide, in particular, intelligence resources that we need to support them on the ground."