Parliament can protect Abbott from Iraq blunders

No doubt mistakes will be made in Iraq, as in the past, but the shared responsibility of a vote may minimise errors. And support from the Greens could be more forthcoming than assumed.

Australia is entering a delicate and difficult time with the decision to provide combat support to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Iraq. Avoiding the mistakes of our last involvement in Iraq is paramount.

But will we? The call from the Greens and some cross-benchers in the Senate for a parliamentary debate and vote on Australia’s involvement has been brushed aside by the Abbott government.

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