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John Howard’s Press Conference On Iraq Intelligence

This is the transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s press conference on Iraq intelligence matters.

Transcript of the press conference given by the Prime Minister, John Howard, at Parliament House, Canberra.

PRIME MINISTER:

Ladies and gentlemen, I have called this news conference principally in respect of the statements made by both sides of politics in the United States regarding American policy on Iraq and the relevance of those to the positions taken by the two sides of politics in Australia. [Read more…]


Greens Renew Call For Royal Commission On Iraq Intelligence

Following the leaking of Colonel Lance Collins’ letter to the Prime Minister concerning intelligence failures, the Australian Greens have renewed their call for a Royal Commission.

Text of a media release from Michael Organ, Australian Greens member for Cunningham in the House of Representatives.

Greens Intelligence Service Royal Commission Bill squarely on point

Michael Organ, Australian Greens Member for CunninghamCunningham MP Michael Organ’s Iraq Royal Commission (Restoring Public Trust in Government) Private Members Bill that he introduced into the Federal Parliament with Greens Senator Bob Brown just last month, now has added urgency as a result of the publication of the intelligence service scandal in today’s Bulletin magazine.

“The report by Captain Martin Toohey has added weight to the view that a Royal Commission is needed into Australia’s critical intelligence services. It is nothing short of alarming but at the same time not surprising that these events have come to light, given the increasing politicisising of the Federal public service. My Bill provides a comprehensive framework allowing the Australian people to get to the bottom of all this once and for all. [Read more…]


Howard Rejects Call For Royal Commission On Intelligence Services

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has rejected a call by a senior security official, Lieutenant Colonel Lance Collins, for a Royal Commission into Australia’s intelligence services.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, John Howard, leaked to The Bulletin magazine, and reported tonight by Laurie Oakes on Channel 9 news, Collins alleges a long list of intelligence failures:

“Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, delay in the (Willie) Brigitte case, warning of the Bali bombing, breakdown of order in the Solomons … the independence of East Timor, death of an intelligence officer in Washington, resumption of Indian nuclear testing, fall of Suharto, the media-reported Indonesian capture of an ASIS officer, the Sandline affair and the testing of sarin nerve agent on an Australian farm by a Japanese religious sect”.

The Prime Minister said tonight that he will provide Lt. Collins with a detailed reply, but rejected the call for an inquiry. [Read more…]