John Howard Responds To Chilcot Report On Iraq War

The former prime minister, John Howard, has defended his government’s 2003 decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Howard held a press conference today, in response to the UK’s Chilcot report on the war that characterised the invasion as ill-conceived and based on faulty intelligence.

The essence of Howard’s defence was that no lies were told at the time and that it is only in retrospect that the decision can be faulted. He said he was on record as having criticised aspects of the invasion, particularly the dismantling of the Iraqi army. [Read more…]


Quiz: Australian Prime Ministers At War

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Question 1
Who was Prime Minister at the outbreak of World War 1?
A
Alfred Deakin
B
Andrew Fisher
C
Joseph Cook
D
William Morris Hughes
Question 1 Explanation: 
Joseph Cook was Liberal Prime Minister at the outbreak of World War 1. Australia was in the middle of an election campaign when war was declared. Cook was defeated by the ALP's Andrew Fisher who is now remembered for promising that Australia would fight to its "last man and its last shilling".
Question 2
Who was Prime Minister at the outbreak of World War 2?
A
Joseph Lyons
B
Earle Page
C
Robert Menzies
D
Arthur Fadden
Question 2 Explanation: 
Robert Menzies was prime minister at the outbreak of World War 2 in September 1939. Menzies assumed the position earlier in the year following the death of Joe Lyons and a brief period under Earle Page.

Menzies governed for just over 2 years before being forced to resign. He was replaced by Arthur Fadden, who held office for 40 days until he was voted out by the House of Representatives and John Curtin formed a Labor government.
Question 3
Who was Prime Minister at the outbreak of the Korean War?
A
Ben Chifley
B
Robert Menzies
C
Harold Holt
D
John Gorton
Question 3 Explanation: 
Menzies was prime minister when the Korean War began in 1950. It was just six months since Menzies had defeated the Labor government led by Ben Chifley.

17,000 Australian troops fought in the war, under the command of the United Nations. The war ended with an armistice in 1953.
Question 4
Who was Prime Minister at the oubreak of the Vietnam War?
A
Robert Menzies
B
Harold Holt
C
John Gorton
D
William McMahon
Question 4 Explanation: 
Robert Menzies was prime minister when the Vietnam war began in 1955. He was still prime minister in 1965 when Australia committed troops to the war and introduced conscription.
Question 5
Who was Prime Minister at the out break of the Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm?
A
Malcolm Fraser
B
Bob Hawke
C
Paul Keating
D
John Howard
Question 5 Explanation: 
Bob Hawke was prime minister when the Gulf War began on August 2, 1990.
Operation Desert Storm ended on February 28, 1991, when Coalition forces led by the United States ended Iraq's annexation of Kuwait.
Question 6
Who was PM at the outbreak of the US war in Afghanistan, following the September 11 (9/11) attacks?
A
Paul Keating
B
John Howard
C
Kevin Rudd
D
Julia Gillard
Question 6 Explanation: 
John Howard was prime minister at the outbreak of the US attacks and invasion of Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US.

Australian forces joined the conflict during Operation Slipper in late 2001. The war was extended in 2003 when NATO forces joined. Combat operations formally ended in December 2014.
Question 7
Who was Prime Minister at the outbreak of the Iraq War, the conflict that toppled Saddam Hussein?
A
Bob Hawke
B
Paul Keating
C
John Howard
D
Kevin Rudd
Question 7 Explanation: 
John Howard was prime minister on March 20, 2003 when the Iraq War began.

The "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq by a Coalition of forces, including Australia, was led by the United States and overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein. American occupation of Iraq ended in 2011.
Question 8
Who was Prime Minister when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in World War 2?
A
Robert Menzies
B
Arthur Fadden
C
John Curtin
D
Ben Chifley
Question 8 Explanation: 
John Curtin was prime minister on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and precipitated the entry of the United States into the war.

Curtin had been prime minister for exactly two months when the attack took place.
Question 9
Who was prime minister when the Berlin Wall fell?
A
Malcolm Fraser
B
Bob Hawke
C
Paul Keating
D
John Howard
Question 9 Explanation: 
Bob Hawke was prime minister when the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989.
Question 10
Who was prime minister when the Soviet Union disintegrated?
A
Malcolm Fraser
B
Bob Hawke
C
Paul Keating
D
John Howard
Question 10 Explanation: 
The Soviet Union was dissolved on December 26, 1991. Paul Keating had been prime minister for six days, having defeated Bob Hawke in a leadership challenge on December 19.
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Shorten Gives ALP Support To Iraq Commitment; Greens Opposed

The ALP has given support to the Abbott government’s commitment of fighter aircraft to the strikes against ISIL in Iraq, whilst the Greens have opposed the decision.

Shorten

The government announced today that Australia will provide up to eight Australian F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft to participate in the international coalition supporting Iraq. [Read more…]


Abbott Government Commits Defence Aircraft To Coalition Airstrikes Against ISIL In Iraq

The Abbott government will commit up to eight Australian F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft to participate in airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.

Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the decision at a joint press conference with the Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston, and the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, following a Cabinet meeting.

“This is not a decision the Government has taken lightly,” Abbott said. “Ultimately it is Iraq that must defeat ISIL, but it cannot do it alone.” [Read more…]


Truss And Shorten Address Parliament On Shooting Of Melbourne Teenager

The Acting Prime Minister, Warren Truss, and the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, have addressed Parliament on the shooting of a Melbourne teenager last night.

The 18-year-old, Numan Haider, was shot dead outside the Endeavour Hills police station. He had used a knife to attack an Australian Federal Police officer and a Victoria Police officer. [Read more…]


Melissa Parke’s Speech On Iraq; ALP Member Questions Commitment

Melissa Parke, the ALP member for Fremantle, has delivered a speech critical of Australia’s mission in Iraq against IS forces.

Parke

Parke began her speech by revealing that someone on Twitter had called for her execution for treason “because I had questioned the government’s rapid escalation of our new involvement in Iraq from a purely humanitarian mission to one where we appear to be joining the US in an open-ended fight against IS”. [Read more…]


Shorten Maintains Support For Abbott Government On Iraq; Also Outlines Conditions

The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, has reiterated the ALP’s support for the Abbott government’s “humanitarian” mission in Iraq, whilst setting out conditions for continuing support.

Shorten

Shorten responded in the House of Representatives to a Statement on National Security by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. [Read more…]