Apparently we (Australia) will spend $500 million in 2015 as part of the renewed military campaign in Iraq. Our participation in these campaigns has implications for our place in world, our security, and so on. What do you guys think about Australia going back there?
Note our policy has a general line that war should not be a unilateral decision for the PM- fair enough, but wouldn’t change anything in this case because the ALP is (reluctantly) backing it.
There is a direct and immediate threat to Australia (which there is not in this case)
As a part of broad UN peacekeeping forces as approved by majority UN vote (which there is not in this case)
Additionally, in case 2, we should strongly influence efforts towards nation building and helping the poor and displaced and with an emphasis on building local independence.