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United Nations Security Council Adopts Australian-Led Resolution 2166 On Flight MH17

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted an Australian-led resolution demanding an international investigation of the downed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

Bishop

The 15-member Security Council, including Russia, adopted the resolution after minor amendments were made to satisfy Russia. One change replaced “shot down” with “downed”. Russia had the power to veto the resolution but did not do so.

The full text of the Resolution is shown below. [Read more…]


Australia Wins Seat On United Nations Security Council

Australia has won a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council, winning 140 votes out of 193 to comfortably defeat Luxembourg and Finland.

Bob Carr

In the ballot for a seat representing the Western European and Others region, 193 nations voted. There were no invalid votes and no abstentions. A two-thirds majority of 129 votes was required for election. Australia polled 140 votes, Luxembourg 128, and Finland 108.

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr, was in the General Assembly for the election and is shown here shaking hands with Australia’s Ambassador to the UN, Gary Quinlan, immediately after the announcement of the vote. [Read more…]


Colin Powell’s Address To The United Nations Security Council On Iraq

This is the transcript of the Address to the United Nations Security Council by the United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

Text of US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Address to the United Nations Security Council on Iraq.

Colin PowellThank you, Mr President.

Mr President, Mr Secretary-General, distinguished colleagues, I would like to begin by expressing my thanks for the special effort that each of you made to be here today.

This is an important day for us all as we review the situation with respect to Iraq and its disarmament obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1441. [Read more…]


Simon Crean’s Address To Parliament On Iraq

This is the prepared text of Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s Address to the House of Representatives on Iraq.

Simon Crean statement to the House of Representatives on Iraq.

The statement by the Prime Minister is his argument for war, not a plan for peace.

It only took the Prime Minister until only the second page of his statement to conclude that the only possible outcome is war.

There are several things on which we agree. [Read more…]


John Howard’s Address To Parliament On Iraq

This is the text and video of Prime Minister John Howard’s Ministerial Statement to the House of Representatives on Iraq.

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John Howard statement to the House of Representatives on Iraq. [Read more…]