Help reform Australia’s dangerous war powers
Add your name to the petition now. Tell them you want robust debate and a democratic vote in place before an Australian Prime Minister can send Australia to war.
War puts the lives of our armed forces at risk, the lives of civilians in other countries at risk, and the life of every single Australian at risk. It’s not a decision that should be made by one person. As a nation, we must be sure before we go to war.
Australians can be sent to war simply because it suits the domestic agenda of a Prime Minister. Or worse, because it suits the aspirations of other countries. If an Australian Prime Minister wanted to send troops overseas today, it could be done without a parliamentary debate, consultation with the public, or even a requirement to assess the risks and costs.
Help change that today. Add your name now and demand a change in Australia’s war powers.
Because we must #BeSureOnWar.
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.