The former PM was criticised for making decisions without proper advice or consultation
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As the world picks over the Iraq Inquiry’s final report, three fascinating character portraits have emerged.
Attorney-General George Brandis, speaking on Q&A to host Tony Jones and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek.
When Attorney-General George Brandis was asked on Q&A about a parliamentary vote on the decision to go to war, he said that was not part of the Westminster tradition. Is that right?
Blair testifies to the Chilcot Inquiry in 2010.
Iraq’s supposedly sky-high child mortality rate was a key part of Blair’s case for war, and he was still making it years later – but it seems to have been based on a single dubious study.
What has the Chilcot Inquiry actually achieved? Here’s what the experts had to say.
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Iraq’s oil industry is a window into the troubled period that followed regime change.
Oil wasn’t the conspiracy behind the Iraq War, but it was always in the mix.
Former prime minister John Howard says he doesn’t retreat from his decision on Iraq.
Former prime minister John Howard has stood by his decision to commit troops to the war in Iraq.
The anti-war movement was visible everywhere in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq – but it made fundamental mistakes that hamstrung its campaign.
Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq protest outside Sir John Chilcot’s press conference.
Compared with other attempts to mend deep wounds after wars and conflicts, the Chilcot Report falls depressingly short.
John Howard confirms the nation’s involvement in the war in Iraq in March 2003, a decision subject to remarkably little oversight by comparison to Australia’s allies.
It is important to restore public trust in any future decision for Australia to go to war. For this, a system that provides better democratic accountability is essential.
So now we know. Saddam Hussein didn’t present an imminent threat. He could have been contained. He didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction. And the consequences of the invasion were profoundly underestimated…
Intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was a core part of the case for war. The Chilcot Report has examined how it came to be so distorted.
‘Just a warning – it’s quite long…’
From faulty intelligence and inadequate oversight to disastrously poor planning, the Iraq War was a mess from the start.
Tony Blair insists to this day that his decision to go to war in Iraq was made in good faith. Does that make him any less culpable?
Tony Blair and his then-foreign minister, Jack Straw, in 2003.
The Iraq Inquiry has found that the case for invading Iraq was far from watertight and made without proper care. Deception, however, is another matter.
Iraqi doctors weighs a child at a Baghdad clinic.
Most of the country’s 1,717 primary healthcare centres have no running water or electricity and the hospitals are ill-equipped and under-staffed.
Too many people still believe that Iraq collapsed because there was no plan for it; others think the West has learnt from its mistakes. Wrong and wrong.
Please, stop it.
British political life increasingly revolves around expensive investigations that make a fetish of looking backwards.
Tony Blair making his now-infamous speech to the nation about going to war in Iraq, March 2003.
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When blame is allocated for going to war in 2003, save some for the UK press.