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Monday 23 Jul 2018 | 21:32 | SYDNEY

Parliament and war: A sleeper wakes


Rory Medcalf


30 August 2010 11:57

Last month we published this paper by former Australian Chief of Army Peter Leahy. In the midst of the election campaign, and the author's comments elsewhere on other defence issues, it drew only fleeting media attention.

But, as momentum gathers over the argument for a parliamentary debate on Australia's role in Afghanistan, Peter Leahy's Lowy publication is gaining fresh and deeper attention. It was the subject of a feature article in the weekend edition of the Australian Financial Review (frustratingly, not available online), has caught the attention of the Greens, and could prove an influential work in reopening the question of whether and how Australia's parliament might authorise executive decisions to deploy force abroad.

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