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'Leave Iraq' call as warships head for East Timor

Published: Tue 16 May 2006 08:36 PM
'Leave Iraq' call as warships head for East Timor
"The colossal blunder of involving Australia in Iraq is highlighted by neighbourhood tensions in East Timor, West Papua, Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and Fiji and the strain on Australia's military capacity, Greens leader Bob Brown said today as two Australian warships were dispatched towards East Timor.
"Prime Minister Howard should recall our armed services from Iraq,"
Senator Brown said.
"That decision, besides making Australia more prone to terrorist attack, makes us less able to cover multiple crises in our neighbourhood.
"The PM should be touring our troubled neighbourhood capitals instead of more comforting stops in Washington, London and Dublin," Senator Brown said.

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