SIGN UP TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR AUSSIE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

SIGN UP TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR AUSSIE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

3 November 2010

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George would like members of his Electorate to be aware of a petition put forward by the Hon Charlie Lynn MLC regarding Australian troops on active duty in Afghanistan.

Mr Lynn, a returned Vietnam Veteran, was appalled recently by the Labor Government's shameless ambushing of a debate on Afghanistan in the NSW Legislative Council.

On Tuesday 19 October, Mr Lynn placed a Notice of Motion in support of Australian troops on the Business Paper because of the negative impact a historic decision by the Director of Military Prosecutions to bring manslaughter charges against three Commandos.

Mr Lynn's Notice of Motion was supported by fellow party member The Hon Duncan Gay who said, "a system that causes soldiers in combat to hesitate for a split second means that they will die."

According to Mr Lynn, however, 'Labor's leading left wing feminist activist Lynda Voltz, denied Members an opportunity to support our troops, acknowledge some of the factors they are experiencing against the Taliban in Afghanistan, call on the Federal Government to urgently address the mess they have created with their politically correct approach to military justice and express their concern over the historic decision to charge combat troops and the delay in bringing the charges.'

As a result of Labor's ambushing of the debate, Mr Lynn is rallying residents of NSW to express their full support for our Australian troops on active duty in Afghanistan and is calling on the Australian Government to:-

  1. Withdraw the historic charges of manslaughter against our three commandos in regard to a night combat mission in Oruzgan Province on 12 February 2009.
  2. Reinstitute the traditional system of Courts Martial;
  3. Re-assign the Director of Military Prosecutions within the Australian Defence Force Chain of Command.
  4. Establish an Office of Military Defender to provide legal representation to any troops charged by the Director of Military Prosecutions.
  5. Include a protective clause for Australian troops on active service in Afghanistan.

The petition is available to sign in Thomas George's electoral office located at 55 Carrington Street, Lismore.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577