As two Australians die in Iraq we turn for consolation to Hansard, and its record of debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, 14 May 2003. It's hard to imagine what all the current fuss can be about: the war is over. We won. Hurrah.

JOHN HOWARD: I again take the opportunity of reaffirming the correctness of the government’s assessment in predeploying our forces, and I record the bitter opposition of the Australian Labor Party when that decision was taken. Not only was the military operation completed quickly and successfully but it is also worth recording that all of the doomsday predictions, particularly the many that came from those who sit opposite, were not realised.