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Over the last fortnight, events in the Middle East took a turn for the Armageddony after a US air strike killed Iranian major general Qassem Soleimani, and Iran retaliated by attacking US bases in Iraq.

With everything feeling quite precarious, Prime Minister Scott Morrison -- acting with a speed that will no doubt surprise anyone who lost their house to the bushfires while he was in Hawaii -- announced he was monitoring the events in Iraq and ready to do whatever was necessary to "keep Australians safe".

So it’s worth bearing in mind that oversight of Australia's war powers is practically non-existent.