The right of the Executive, rather than the Parliament, to decide to send troops to war […] has its roots in the pre-democratic notion that the power to make war is an attribute of the sovereign rather than of the people. […] The fact that habitual justifications of self-defence for sending Australian ground forces into warlike situations have involved deception and exaggeration is unbecoming for one of the world’s oldest democracies and humiliating for one in Australia’s [secure] situation.
Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008 [No.2]
Submission by Paul Barratt AO, Andrew Farran and Garry Woodard (August 2009)