Sep 1, 2014

Government breaches its own terror laws in returning to Iraq

In arming the Kurdish regional government, Tony Abbott is helping a proscribed terrorist organisation and placing Australians at greater risk of terrorist attack.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

So, to be clear about what the Australian government is doing in Iraq, we will be providing arms not to the government of that country, but to a breakaway province whose forces include a terrorist group, the PPK, proscribed under our anti-terror legislation since 2005. As that proscription notes:

“The precise strength of the PKK is not known; however, it is widely believed the group numbers approximately four to five thousand militants, the majority of whom are based in northern Iraq.”

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24 thoughts on “Government breaches its own terror laws in returning to Iraq

  1. extra

    I guess that by now the Australian military must be getting used to being pissed up against a wall by the Coalition.

  2. JohnB

    And if Australia, in arming the Kurds, did so in response to a request from the government of Iraq or at least with their agreement, then the whole question of illegality goes out the window.

    I don’t like Australia going back to Iraq, for any number of reasons, but please keep the discussion/argument based on the facts.

  3. Luke Hellboy

    So I guess “one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter” is now “our terrorists are our freedom fighters – when it is politically expedient.” Shows the arbitrary nature of prescribing terrorist groups. I prefer pragmatism over ideology but from a government that has shown nothing but ideologically driven policies it smacks of hypocrisy or an inability to make nuanced decisions in complex areas… probably both.

  4. SusieQ

    Does Iraq have a government in place at the moment or are we just doing (as per usual) whatever the Americans want us to?

  5. Zeke

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    So it’s OK to arm a proscribed Kurdish terrorist group (PPK) because the Iraqi government says so?

  6. Graeski

    No, no, no, no, NO! You Leftie Crikey types just need to back off a bit.

    This is Tony’s Tampa moment! Don’t spoil it for him.

  7. Gratton Wilson

    We will decide which terrorist groups are terrorists and the manner in which they shall be armed.

  8. JohnB

    @ Zeke. I half agree with you. Maybe Graeski has it in a nutshell.

  9. Duncan Gilbey

    We are at war with IS. We have always been at war with IS…

  10. CML

    Bernard – very well said!
    And I agree with Graeski at #6.
    This government just dishes out cr+p to the bogans here, who lap it up and believe we are all poised for catastrophic destruction.
    Toady the rAbbott should be careful what he wishes for!!

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