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Howard's Comments Absurd and Inhumane: Brown

March 28, 2003

This is the text of a media release by the leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown.

Senator Bob Brown, Leader of the Australian Greens The Prime Minister's comments that the war is going 'extremely well' are absurd and tinged with inhumanity, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

"This is an illegal and unnecessary war. The weapons inspectors should still be in Baghdad," Senator Brown said.

"Instead of that more than 300 civilians and thousands of Iraqi irregulars and soldiers are dead.

"Many more are maimed and injured, on top of the rising toll amongst the US-led forces.

"Everyone knows this war is not going as anticipated. The Prime Minister should be more direct with the Australian public. Unfortunately he has a track record of just the opposite.

"The Prime Minister should frankly reveal exactly how many people are dead and injured as estimated by intelligence sources," Senator Brown said.

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