A call for war powers reform in Australia

Australians for War Powers Reform is the key project of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry, established in 2012. That campaign called for an independent inquiry into the reasons behind Australia’s participation in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, to draw out what lessons can be learned for the future.

How did Australian armed forces come to be involved in the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and why? What were the decision-making processes that led to that commitment? Were those processes adequate in terms of our system of government as we understand it and for the future?

Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC

Australians for War Powers Reform takes these important questions of the original campaign forward into a renewed national examination of Australia’s war powers.  

We believe that the decision to commit the Australian Defence Force to international armed conflict should be made by Parliament, not by the Prime Minister or Executive and we advocate the development of legal frameworks that invest in Parliament the exclusive power to make that decision.

The campaign aims to encourage a dynamic climate of debate among the public and opinion leaders, generating an appetite for change on these important issues.

We hope you will join us.