“The decision to send troops into overseas conflict is made in secret, behind closed doors, and can be made by the prime minister alone.”
– Paul Barratt AO, President of Australians for War Powers Reform
This needs to change. Let’s #BeSureOnWar
Let's Be Sure on War
The decision to go to war is one of the most serious choices any government will face. The cost to the nation can be enormous, often with unknown consequences.
Australia needs a democratic system where robust debate and a democratic vote is held before deciding whether troops are sent into overseas conflict.
We want legislation requiring parliamentary approval for entering conflict overseas, so we have proper debate, scrutiny and critical appraisal of the decision.
Sign the petition now and help reform Australia’s inadequate war powers.
To: The Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese
Regarding: Sending Australian troops to war.
The decision-making process by which Australian troops can be sent to war must be changed. Australia goes to war too easily.
Currently, this decision is made by the Prime Minister, possibly with a tiny handful of Cabinet colleagues. Our Federal Parliament is excluded. Because of this, many critical questions remain unanswered when our troops are deployed. The process is opaque, undemocratic and undermines our security.
A decision to go to war must be made only after the most exhaustive scrutiny of all relevant information, including:
- the exact purpose and its legality
- the military strategy, prospects of success and exit strategy
- the likely impacts on our troops
- the likely impacts on civilians and how they will be addressed
- the economic cost, and
- alternatives to military action in dealing with the situation at hand.
We urge you to reform Australia’s war powers so that, barring emergencies, all members of Federal Parliament must debate and vote on a decision to go to war.