Please see the "blog" section of our website for all of our recent work, including the Aide-Memoire on the case for war powers reform. This was presented to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence last month, and is a fantastic summary of the campaign, the counter arguments and what we are and are not proposing.
"To sum up, we propose that the deployment of the ADF into international armed conflict be subject to debate and authorisation by Parliament before being formally signed off by the Governor-General in Council.
We acknowledge that there are important implementation issues to be considered, but we believe that it is not beyond the capacity of our sophisticated polity and our Parliamentary draughtspeople to transfer this general proposition into effective and workable legislation.
We would be joining a significant number of liberal democracies in establishing such a system.
We believe that if this is not done, the circumstances which gave rise to our problematic deployments to Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq will persist.
Whatever is decided in that regard, we suggest there is an urgent need to ensure that all armed military deployments are triggered by an order from the Governor-General to the CDF.
More broadly, there is very strong bi-partisan support for a global rules-based order. If we are going to continue to urge others to accept such an order, we must too – starting with the 1928 Treaty of Paris and the 1945 UN Charter."